Cautious welcome for A90 blackspot safety work

The Bourtreebush junction
The Bourtreebush junction
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Limited safety measures are to take place at a dangerous junction on the A90 near Portlethen, following calls for improvements.

The news came in a letter from Transport Scotland to North Kincardine Liberal Democrat councillor Ian Mollison.

He gave the work a cautious welcome, but added: “Transport Scotland has ruled out bringing forward the construction of a grade separated junction at Bourtreebush, although I’m pleased that they are doing something, albeit limited in nature. There have been too many accidents at this blackspot, with people losing their lives.”

Transport Scotland’s strategic road safety manager Stuart Wilson wrote: “We are planning to fit marker posts on the central reserve to highlight this particular junction.

“In addition, Transport Scotland will meet with our operating company BEAR Scotland and Police Scotland to review the adequacy of diversion routes when the trunk road has been closed owingto an accident in Kincardineshire.”

In the most recent serious accident, the A90 was closed for seven hours on August 14 after a collision between a motorcyclist and a car, which claimed the life of the rider. Diversions clogged up surrounding rural roads for many hours.