Stonehaven Town Partnership have defended their imminent plans for a road train in Stonehaven, following criticisms that it would exacerbate congestion problems in the town.
STP Chairman, Douglas Samways, also confirmed that the long-awaited road train has been delayed by circumstances “outwith their control”, adding that the scheme would be up and running “any day”.
He explained: “There has been a delay with registering the vehicle, which has to be done by the company who imported it into the country. There has been a lot of bureaucracy, and it is frustrating as it is outwith our control. We should be receiving registration documents any day now.”
In response to concerns about the impact the train will have during busy periods, Mr Samways said: “The land train will not be using the High Street at busy times. The same applies to Beach Road. When we began planning for the land train nearly two years ago we were well aware that these two roads in particular become very busy with vehicles on sunny summer days, which is why we have alternative routes for the train to use on these occasions. It is hoped that the land train will encourage some of the 80,000 visitors a year to Dunnottar Castle to come into the town.”