Laurencekirk junction planning to take twice as long as construction of the world’s tallest building

Building work on Dubai’s Burj Khalifa tower lasted seven years, but North East road users have been told that, despite ‘temporary measures’ installed in 2006, work will not start on the A90’s Laurencekirk junction until 2021.

In 2007 the SNP agreed with local campaigners about the urgency of the project, but in a letter to the Rural Affairs committee this afternoon the Scottish Government’s Transport Minister outlined that planning the grade separated junction would take at least another five years.


North East MSP Mike Rumbles said: “The Transport Minister should be ashamed. He told the committee that he would report back with a specific start date, and now he has the gall to tell us work will start no earlier than 2021.


“Like many who use the road, I regularly pass the ‘temporary measures’ installed in 2006 by the Liberal Democrat Minister at the time, and I’m exasperated by the Scottish Government’s lack of progress.


“At this rate, HS2 and the third runway at Heathrow will be completed before this single junction on the A90 if we rely on the SNP. What will it take to get this government moving?”




Notes for editors:


  • Scottish Government statement:


To provide the committee with further information on the process for major infrastructure projects and an approximate timetable for the start date by which work will begin at the Laurencekirk junction (Col 42-45)

Earlier this year we announced £24 million for the design and construction of a new grade-separated junction at Laurencekirk as part of a package of additional investment alongside Aberdeen City Region Deal, and we remain committed to completing this important upgrade for the people of the north east.

Following the appointment of consultants in September, Transport Scotland is now taking forward the next stage of design development, which is the options assessment, and thereafter through the relevant statutory procedures. The on-going design and assessment process to identify a preferred junction layout is scheduled to be complete in 2018. Development and detailed assessment of the preferred option will follow this culminating in publication of the draft Orders in 2019 for formal comment.

Progress thereafter on the delivery of the scheme is dependent on the level and nature of representation received in response to the published draft Orders. However, subject to no objections being received following the publication of draft Orders it is estimated that the earliest construction could commence is 2021.

While there is still a lot of development work to be carried out we will continue to push forward the preparation stages to deliver this scheme as soon as possible bringing improved road safety and economic benefits to road users and the local community in Laurencekirk and the wider north east.

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