Group tell Government: ‘We are not going away’

The A937/A90 campaign group who protested at Holyrood last week have told the Scottish Government: ‘We are not going away.’

The protest has been organised by campaign driving force, Jill Fotheringham, from Montrose.

She has been campaigning for 10 years to get a flyover at the junction outside Laurencekirk, which is used by many commuters every day.

Talking about the protest, she said:: “I think it had the desired affect. It gave us good publicity and showed the government we are not going away until the work that needs doing at the junction is done. We’re going to keep fighting.

“There has been a lot of development in Montrose without any thought of what it will do to the Laurencekirk junction.

“The number of people commuting on a morning and using the junction has risen. It is at a frightening level.”

Currently there is an ‘Access to Laurencekirk’ study ongoing in the Mearns.

Alison McInnes, MSP, commented: “I was delighted to see members of the local community visit Holyrood to emphasise the compelling case for a flyover or underpass at Laurencekirk.

“Each accident or near miss at this blackspot is one too many.”

A Transport Scotland spokesperson said: “A review of the safety improvements implemented at Laurencekirk in 2010 shows a substantial reduction in injury accidents over the three-year period following the installation.

“We will continue to support work led by NESTRANS and Aberdeenshire Council on calls for a grade separated junction.”

Councillor Peter Argyle, chairman of Infrastructure Services and chair of NESTRANS, said: “I do recognise the frustration that local people and others who use these roads must feel at the length of time it has taken to get the Scottish Government to move on this issue.

“There is a very strong case for a grade-separated junction here, as anyone who has tried to join or cross the A90 from either Laurencekirk or Montrose will testify.

‘‘The work Transport Scotland has done has reduced the number of incidents but that does not make the junctions intrinsically safer.”