Angus and Mearns Lib-Dems have attacked the news that Transport Scotland will take eight months to provide costings for the building of a flyover at Laurencekirk.
Alison McInnes NE NE Lib Dem MSP commented: “I congratulate the Laurencekirk campaigners, led so well by Jill Campbell, for their tenacity, and thank members of the Scottish Parliament’s Petitions Committee for doing all they can to keep the matter alive against the odds. In stark contrast, the SNP Government has shown an utter lack of regard for the communities around these junctions. Their dithering and delaying tactics will not be readily forgiven by the voters in Angus and the Mearns.”
Sanjay Samani, Angus and Mearns Lib Dem PPC said: “Just over a month ago, we were all delighted to see some progress on Jill Campbell’s campaign for a flyover at Laurencekirk. With a new Transport Secretary, a visit to the junctions and a request for accurate costs, it seemed as if we were making some headway.
“Unfortunately, having taken the plaudits for revisiting the case for a flyover, Transport Scotland and the Scottish Government, have stuck the issue back on the dusty shelf. It is time for the Scottish Government to take road safety seriously and treat the people of North Angus and the Mearns with some respect.” Montrose Lib Dem councillor David May, who sent another letter to the Petitions Committee of the Scottish Parliament added: “I had hoped that there would be real progress with a new minister but he has just continued the tactics of his predecessor and it seems to be this is a cynical ploy by the SNP minister by this 8 month delay.
“I agree with Mike Rumbles MSP who has pointed out that the information could be provided easily within two weeks. It is obvious to me that the SNP is not going to do anything about this junction and we will have to wait until there is a new Transport minister after May 5. It beggars belief that this junction is not even in the SNP’s long term Transport Plan.
In his letter to the petitions committee, Mr May said: “I have real concerns about what I have heard about Transport Scotland who it appears have set their face against the need for a flyover at Laurencekirk and I sincerely hope this is not the case
“At the January Petitions Committee I understood that Transport Scotland were instructed to cost a junction at this site but it appears that this will not be done until the very end of this year. I cannot understand why there is this delay as we have been calling for such a costing for a considerable period of time. Furthermore, the previous Transport Minister did indicate a figure so presumably some work had already been done.
“I cannot understand why no action has been taken to agree to the case for a junction despite the fact there were four fatal accidents, 15 serious and 22 slight injury accidents on the A90 near the town between 1999 and 2009. In contrast, there have been no deaths on a stretch of the A9 where it has agreed to build three flyovers. A total of 24 serious accidents and 113 slight injury accidents were reported on the Stirling to Perth road at the Broxden,”