Flyover pledge

Following a Scottish Labour Party fringe event on transport at the Scottish Labour Party Conference in Glasgow last weekend, Kevin Hutchens, Scottish Labour’s candidate for Angus North and the Mearns secured a commitment from Charlie Gordon, Scottish Labours transport spokesperson to the Laurencekirk flyover project.

Mr Hutchens stated: “I spoke strongly in a meeting with Charlie Gordon about the clear safety and traffic management case for the Laurencekirk flyover. He had already noted with interest the review that had been called for by the SNP Government and while noting this could cause delay, vowed that if he become an MSP again and was given the job of Transport Minister in a Scottish Labour Government that he would speedily deal with the results of the report.

“However he noted with some concern that the SNP had created a major funding problem by agreeing to go ahead with the new Forth Bridge crossing project. This would mean that he would have to look at new solutions to funding such projects as the Laurencekirk flyover, namely the development of new funding partnerships or the use of new borrowing powers.