Sturgeon: junction report due this month

A90/a937 junction
A90/a937 junction

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has said a report into the notorious A937/A90 junction at Laurencekirk will be published this month.

The report, which was due in March, is due to be published in June.

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The question was raised at First Minister Question time by Angus North and Mearns MSP Nigel Don. The MSP wrote about making the junction a priority in his column last week.

He asked: “Given that the junction has already been identified as one that needs to be grade separated, can the First Minister give me any assurance on how quickly that will be done?”

She said: “The circumstances of the particular accident that the member has highlighted will obviously need to be fully investigated, but he will know that the Scottish Government, working alongside the north-east of Scotland transport partnership, Angus Council and Aberdeenshire Council, is examining whether improvements are required to the Laurencekirk junction.

“Indeed, Transport Scotland is publishing a study next month (June) that will help to inform how access to the junction can be improved, and I know that when that study is published the Minister for Transport and Islands will be very happy to meet Nigel Don to discuss it further.”

An accident at the end of May between a lorry and a car led to renewed calls for a grade separated junction which Jill Fotheringham and others in the community have been campaigning for 10 years.