Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP for the North East, Mike Rumbles, has urged North East drivers to accept the short term pain of road closures, in the interest of workers safety and more speedy repair work.
Following a number of complaints from constituents across the North East, Mr Rumbles was invited to view a site between Candy Farm and Leith Hall in Marr where senior engineers from Aberdeenshire Council explained the rational for road closures, and how, ultimately, they benefit road users.
Aberdeenshire Council explained that closures were never undertaken lightly and were used only when a risk assessment indicated that closure would be necessary. Particularly on narrow rural roads, road closures allow workmen greater manoeuvrability and confidence in their safety, allowing work to be completed more quickly.
Speaking following the visit, Mr Rumbles said:
“I am grateful that the Roads Department took the time to meet with me and explain why and how they do what they do. As a regular road user myself, I understand the frustration that comes with meeting an unexpected ‘road closed’ sign. Though I have now seen first-hand that closures allow work to be conducted more quickly and efficiently, not to mention safely, which is ultimately better for us all in the long run.”