More calls to upgrade A90

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NORTH East Liberal Democrats have renewed their demand that the Scottish Government commits to building a grade-separated junction on the A90 dual carriageway at Laurencekirk.

Regional MSP Alison McInnes said: “The Scottish Government is now receiving an extra £394 million of capital funding from the UK Government up to 2015. This comes as a result of decisions in the UK Government’s recent 2012 Autumn Statement.

“And yet the SNP will still not honour their 2011 election campaign promise and act on making the Laurencekirk junction on the A90 safer.

“I have repeatedly challenged the transport minister over whether the government will commit to building a flyover or underpass at this accident blackspot.

“The junction has seen many fatal and serious accidents in the last decade. Even one is too many. The government must take whatever action is necessary to make this junction safe. The funding is there.”

Montrose and District Councillor David May added: “Westminster has now provided extra funds for infrastructure projects. Like thousands of others in Angus I am getting fed up with the warm words of support from the SNP. We need action now before there are more accidents.

“I have asked the chairman of Angus Council’s infrastructure services committee to urge action now from the transport minister.”

The North East transport partnership Nestrans also backs the campaign for a grade-separated junction. Its chairman, Liberal Democrat councillor Peter Argyle, commented that if a flyover “could be built for a garden centre between Dundee and Perth on the A90 then surely Laurencekirk had a very strong case.”