North East MSP Mike Rumbles has called on the Scottish Government to coordinate road works on the A90 and A96 to reduce delays for local communities.
The Scottish Government has today reported to Mr Rumbles that over 80 maintenance projects were carried out in October on the North East’s two main trunk roads, with each project representing up to a 15 minute delay for motorists.
Mr Rumbles said: “I frequently hear complaints from constituents about poorly managed roadworks on our local trunk road network.
“As a regular commuter I can tell you that it is not unusual to hit three or four sets of road repairs on any journey, and that can add up to an hour of delays at busy times.
“The Scottish Government say they are doing all they can to minimise the impact of roadworks. But anyone who uses the A90 or A96 will tell you that often enormous parts of the road can be sectioned off while no work is ongoing and this can happen at even the busiest times of the day.”
“With our roads in a sorry state, and over a thousand individual road maintenance projects planned for any given year, it is essential the government do more to coordinate the work and minimise delays for local communities.”
Notes for editors:
- Mike Rumbles MSP parliamentary question: 8 November 2016 Index Heading: Transport Scotland
Mike Rumbles (North East Scotland) (Scottish Liberal Democrats): To ask the Scottish Government what traffic delays due to roadworks, maintenance, repairs and improvements there are on the A90 and A96, and how long the delays are expected to last. S5W-04045
Humza Yousaf: In October 2016, there were 65 sets of roadworks on the A90 between Fraserburgh and Perth, also 17 on the A96 between Aberdeen and Inverness. This includes roadworks associated with major projects, planned and emergency road maintenance, private developments and utilities work. Delays to road users were not greater than 15 minutes on each occasion and for many would be substantially less.
In relation to future works, I refer the member to the answer to question S5W- 04046 on 8 November 2016. All answers to written parliamentary questions are available on the Parliament’s website, the search facility for which can be found at http://www.parliament.scot/parliamentarybusiness/28877.aspx