Call for Transport Minister to take action

Some of the audience including MSPs and Jill Fotheringham
Some of the audience including MSPs and Jill Fotheringham

The call has been made for Transport Minister Keith Brown to take action on the junction between Laurencekirk and Marykirk/ Montrose.

The meeting which was held last Friday in Hillside Village Hall on the need for a flyover at the junction between Laurencekirk and Marykirk/ Montrose, made it clear that the Transport Minister Keith Brown should make that decision without delay.

The meeting which was attended by MSPs Alison McInnes and Alec Johnstone gave unanimous backing for a flyover and were told that Transport Scotland in their costly reports totally ignored the traffic crossing the junction between Laurencekirk and the Marykirk/ Montrose road.

Jill Fotheringham who has led the campaign for almost 10 years, commented: “Transport Scotland and Keith Brown are wasting even more money on another report, since they are totally ignoring the key issue of crossing of the junction yet again.

“The SNP minister has the power to make the decision and instruct Transport Scotland to go ahead with the flyover, but once he is effectively kicking the decision into the long grass.

“I can assure him and his colleagues in government that we as a committee, backed up by thousands of people in our area will not give up until he takes action.”

The meeting heard that there is no flyover anywhere between Stracathro and Stonehaven, which in the view of those present is astonishing given the huge increase of traffic in recent years and the expansion of not only Laurencekirk but also the vastly busier port and town of Montrose.

It was also clear at the meeting that the speed limits at the junction were not working as thousands of motorists, as well as the ministers’ driver were caught and that many accident’s were still a regular occurrence.

Montrose councillor David May added: “How much more evidence does the Minisiter need before he goes ahead with the junction as the crossing of the junction is nightmare for drivers every day of the week.

“If he does not believe our campaigners let him try crossing from the Marykirk side at 7.30 am any day between Monday and Friday as we can have over 20 vehicles waiting to cross. There has also been 2 vehicles on the crossing point which is far from safe.”