The Scottish Government has decided to ignore warnings from North East MSP Mike Rumbles and North Kincardine Councillor Ian Mollison and do nothing to improve safety at an accident blackspot on a busy stretch of the newly designated A92, near Newtonhill.
In spite of a recent crash on the road resulting in a car leaving the busy carriageway and hurtling through a local garden, Cllr Mollison was informed by Transport Scotland officials that accidents are not recorded unless people are killed or injured.
Mr Rumbles asked the Scottish Government to intervene but was told that despite the road being ‘considered’ in the annual assessment of trunk road safety there will be no further investigation into improving safety on the bend.
Mr Rumbles said: “Tens of thousands of cars going at high speeds travel up and down the busy stretch of road near Newtonhill every day. It only takes one driver to lose control on the bend and lives could be put at risk.
“I cannot understand why the Scottish Government is burying its head in the sand when putting in simple crash barriers at a few key spots could make all the difference.”
Cllr Mollison added: “I’m disappointed by the complete lack of concern shown by the Scottish Government and Transport Scotland.
“It is not only drivers who are at risk but also pedestrians and unsuspecting families. I have spoken to people whose gardens back on to the A92 and many of them are concerned about the danger posed by the road.
“New crash barriers are put up all the time. I hope the Scottish Government will see sense before another accident puts lives at risk.”
Notes for editors:
- Parliamentary Question: 18 September 2018 - Index Heading: Transport Scotland - Mike Rumbles (North East Scotland) (Scottish Liberal Democrats):
To ask the Scottish Government, in light of a number of recent road accidents on a stretch of the A90/Newtonhill junction, involving vehicles leaving the carriageway and colliding with roadside ornaments, what action is it taking to prevent future accidents and the possible injury or death of road users. (S5W-18568)
Michael Matheson: Road safety is of paramount importance to the Scottish Government. The A90 at Newtonhill has been considered in our recent annual assessment of trunk road safety performance and has not been identified as an area for further investigation. There has been one recorded personal injury accident on the A90 in the vicinity of Newtonhill junction within the last three years up to 7 May 2018 involving a vehicle leaving the carriageway. The Police are not required to record damage only accidents.