Bend improvement completed to improve safety

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Work on realigning a bad bend on the Brechin to Montrose road to make it safer has been completed.

The realignment of the chicane at the Mill of Dun bend on the A935, which was meant to be carried out in 2012 as part of a three-phase £1.7 million project by Angus Council to improve the road, has finally been finished.

This has brought the long saga between National Trust for Scotland (NTS) and Angus Council over land rights to an end.

Negotiations had been on-going between NTS, who owned the site, and the council for two years as the land was inalienable, which means the ownership is not transferable to others.

Angus Council and NTS finally reached an agreement in autumn last year and work began shortly after in October.

The work has now been completed with the severity of the Z-bend being reduced.

Angus councillor Bill Duff said: “It’s good to see the final piece of work completed on the Montrose/Brechin Road with the Mill of Dun chicane being replaced with a new straight piece of road.

“This is the third change to the road under the Council’s Route Action Plan.

“This part of the job was much delayed due to legal issues but it’s nice to see it finally complete.

“With the pressure on council’s budgets, this is probably the last road improvement we are likely to see for quite some time.”