Following an eleven year delay, Scottish Government Transport Minister Humza Yousaf has accepted calls from North East MSP Mike Rumbles to confirm a start date for the A90 Laurencekirk junction upgrade.
Mr Yousaf has agreed to write to the committee on Rural Economy and Connectivity in the near future with an explicit commencement date for the project. The welcome news follows earlier disappointment that local people may have to wait another decade for improvements to the dangerous A90/A937 Laurencekirk junction.
Mr Rumbles said: “This is very welcome news indeed. The campaign to improve road safety at the Laurencekirk junction started over a decade ago, when the Liberal Democrat Transport Minister Nicol Stephen put it at the top of the agenda for funding in 2006.
“But since the SNP came into power in 2007 it has fallen foul of backtracking and broken promises. ‘Temporary measures’ installed in 2006 are still in place.
“I am very much looking forward to the Minister’s confirmation of a start date for the work. In the meantime the committee have agreed that the active petition will remain in place until that happens.”
Notes to editors:
- See the local campaign to improve the junction at: http://www.laurencekirkab30.co.uk/community/a937a90-junction-campaign/