MEP backs dualling campaign

Councillor Gillian Owen with Ian Duncan at the Toll of Birness.
Councillor Gillian Owen with Ian Duncan at the Toll of Birness.

An MEP has added his weight to the campaign to dual the A90 beyond Ellon.

Ian Duncan met local Councillor Gillian Owen to discuss the “Why Stop at Ellon” initiative.

The Conservative politician has pledged to raise the issue in Brussels in a bid to attract backing.

Councillor Owen has been spearheading moves to have the busy link between Ellon and Peterhead dualled and Mr Duncan has supported the move.

He said: “I am really impressed with this campaign and fully support the dualling of the A90 from Ellon to Peterhead.

“I will be raising this issue with the new commissioner in Brussels this month to point out the economic needs of the area, and to see what we can do to support this project.”

Mrs Owen added: “I am grateful to Ian for adding the European dimension to this campaign and look forward to whatever he can

achieve for us.”

The councillor and other campaigners have written to Transport Minister Keith Brown to establish when the dualling project can get under way and are awaiting a response.

A Transport Scotland spokesman said: “The Scottish Government is already delivering the dualled upgrade of the A90 between Balmedie and Tipperty along with the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route, bringing an additional £6 billion to the North-east economy, generating around 900 construction jobs, improving safety and cutting congestion.

“We recognise that this is an important route for businesses along the North-east coast, particularly the Energetica Corridor.

“Transport Scotland has been working with Nestrans as they develop a brief for the Energetica Corridor which aims to examine options to improve strategic transport connections.

“A consultant team has now been appointed by Nestrans to take the study forward.”