Merge lane to start

Transport Scotland works to provide a £300,000 merge lane at the A90/A937 Laurencekirk North junction commenced on Monday (February 27) for a period of 30 days.

The traffic management required to carry out the roadworks safely will involve a lane closure on the northbound carriageway of the A90 for the duration of the works. In addition, right turns from Keilburn Farm Access Road to A937 will be prohibited as will straight over movements to and from the A937 and Keilburn Farm Access Road.

The A90/A937 junction will also be closed between 7pm and 7am for the last 3 nights while works are carried out in the junction area (approx. March 25 to March 27). Advance notice will be provided and appropriate diversion signs will be erected for motorists to follow.

Traffic will be limited to 30mph through the works area in the interests of safety.

Eddie Ross, Operating Company Representative for BEAR Scotland Ltd. said: “This road improvement project will help motorists to merge with the A90 traffic flow more safely.

“We have liaised with Aberdeenshire Council, Grampian Constabulary and the local community to ensure the works can be carried out safely and efficiently.

“We would ask that road users plan their journeys carefully in advance using www.trafficscotland.org, in order to minimise any disruption.

“Motorists should allow extra time for journeys and are urged to pay attention to traffic signs, particularly at night times when the traffic management is subject to change.”

The works are being undertaken by Breedon Aggregates, supervised by BEAR Scotland Limited and have been planned in consultation with Aberdeenshire Council and Grampian Constabulary.

The merge lane works will be welcomed in the Mearns as going some way towards improving road safety, but the overwhelming local view is that road safety will remain an issue until there is grade separation.

The recent Local Plan enquiry in Laurencekirk was told by Transport Scotland officials that Laurencekirk needs two grade separated junctions, one to the south and one to the north, but crucially failed to say how they would be financed.