North East MSP Mike Rumbles expressed disappointment today as the Scottish Government’s Transport Minister announced that communities could have to wait another decade for improvements to the dangerous A90/A937 Laurencekirk junction.
The setback comes despite promises during the Scottish Parliament election campaign by the then Transport Minister, Derek Mackay, that the ‘important upgrade’ will be delivered ‘as soon as possible’.
Mr Rumbles said: “The campaign to improve road safety at the Laurencekirk junction started over a decade ago. Our Transport Minister put it at the top of the agenda for funding in 2006. Since the SNP came into power in 2007 it has fallen foul of backtracking and broken promises.
“We put in place temporary safety measures and reduced the road to 50mph, with plans to upgrade the junction the following year. Those ‘temporary measures’ are still in place.
“It’s remarkable that the SNP think they can keep re-announcing major road upgrades in the North East and get away with it. Meanwhile they are risking the safety of 20,000 motorists who cross the busy junction every day. It’s simply not good enough.
“I will be challenging the Scottish Government to deliver on their promise and start the long overdue upgrade, immediately.”
Notes to editors:
See Derek Mackay statement in March 2016 at: http://news.scotland.gov.uk/News/A90-Laurencekirk-junction-248a.aspx
See the local campaign to improve the junction at: http://www.laurencekirkab30.co.uk/community/a937a90-junction-campaign/