Angus chief writes to FM over junction

A90/a937 junction
A90/a937 junction

The Chief Executive of Angus Council is to write to the First Minister pressing for an early start on improving the Laurencekirk Junction on the A90.

Campaigners have been fighting for more than 10 years to get a flyover where the A90 dual carriageway meets the A937 Marykirk to Montrose road, claiming it is a notorious accident black spot.

On Monday afternoon a trailer carrying two cows overturned on the A90 near Laurencekirk. Jill Fotheringham, from Montrose, who has been spearheading the campaign for the last 11 years along with local organisations in Laurencekirk and the Mearns asked to address councillors at a meeting in the Town and County Buildings in Forfar. She stated the community’s case for a grade-separated junction.

Following a study, a grade-separated junction was identified earlier in the year as the preferred option for improving the A90 at Laurencekirk.

However, there have been no signs of where funding would come from or when work would start on the notorious junction. Campaigners have raised £5000 to go towards the cost of the grade-separated junction.

Montrose councillor David May submitted a motion calling on the chief executive of Angus Council to press First Minister Nicola Sturgeon and Holyrood for firm details. This was backed by all 23 councillors in attendance, including the provost.

Ms Fotheringham told the Montrose Review this week: “I’m really happy we’ve got the backing of the Angus councillors. I hope that the First Minister listens to what the council is saying.

“The government needs to realise that Scotland doesn’t stop at the Central Belt.

“I just want something to be done so there are no more accidents and no one else dies. A flyover is long overdue.”

A Scottish Government spokeswoman said it is “too early” to set a timescale on work on the junction.

She continued: “The Scottish Government remains committed to delivering a grade-separated junction at Laurencekirk. Following the transport minister’s productive meeting with local councils last month, we have held discussions as a first step towards bringing together all the partners involved to form a co-ordination group. The minister was clear that the group will have a ‘can do’ approach and that all members must work together and push forward the scheme to ensure it is delivered for the benefit of road users and the local community in Laurencekirk.”