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Right turns banned on A90 at Portlethen

The junction, seen here on the left looking south down the A90, has prompted safety fears in the past.

The junction, seen here on the left looking south down the A90, has prompted safety fears in the past.

Right-hand turns at the Bourtreebush junction on the A90 at Portlethen are to be banned by 2017 in a bid to improve safety.

The changes will mean that northbound drivers will no longer be able to turn right into Portlethen at the junction, and those leaving the town to travel north to Aberdeen will also be affected. The junction has been the scene of several serious accidents.

Other safety measures will also be introduced, including traffic lights at the Badentoy flyover.

The moves come in anticipation of increased traffic as the new town of Chapelton gets under way.

North Kincardine Councillor Ian Mollison has said that a recent meeting of the Chapelton liaison group heard that the first house in the town should be occupied by January, and show homes will be up and running by October.

Speaking in further detail about the town, Cllr Mollison also said that: “Hume Square will have a nursery, dentist and the Teacake café (currently in a Portakabin). The dental unit will be in addition to the medical provision at Chapelton. The town is in NHS Grampian’s annual property and asset plan, which was approved on April 4. This is a key step in securing funding for medical facilities such as a GP surgery.”

Work is also set to start on a new park-and-choose at Newtonhill flyover this month.

Cllr Mollison explained: “The bus stops will be in place by the autumn which will allow the removal - for safety reasons – of the two stops on the A90 at Newtonhill.

“The southbound X7 buses will not halt at the two stops in Newtonhill, only at the park-and-choose. The car park will be ready next summer. Bike stands will be provided. However we were told that the car park will be temporary, only being in place until buses can run through Chapelton.”

 

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