EU funding boost for A90 dualling bid

Campaigners, including Peterhead councillor Tom Malone, want the A90 dual carriageway to stretch beyond Ellon.
Campaigners, including Peterhead councillor Tom Malone, want the A90 dual carriageway to stretch beyond Ellon.
  • European funding could be used to pay for dual carriageway project
  • Talks being held between Conservative MEP Ian Duncan and Professor Peter Balazs
  • Applications would be considered if they met the necessary criteria

Campaigners seeking the upgrading of the A90 from Ellon to Peterhead have been given a major boost.

It has been claimed that European funding could be used to pay for the dual carriageway project. The possibility emerged in talks between Conservative MEP Ian Duncan and Professor Peter Balazs, co-ordinator of the TEN-T Connecting Europe programme.

I will now be seeking a meeting with the UK and Scottish Governments, as it will be for them to drive forward the funding application and provide the necessary co-financing.

Conservative MEP Ian Duncan

There had been concern that funding was only available as far north as Edinburgh, but Prof Balazs clarified that while the North-east was not part of the priority corridor, applications would be considered if they met the necessary criteria.

Dr Duncan said: “While funding cannot be guaranteed, the remarks from Professor Balazs are a step in the right direction.

“I will now be seeking a meeting with the UK and Scottish Governments, as it will be for them to drive forward the funding application and provide the necessary co-financing.

“I will push for a joined-up approach so that we can make the best possible application.”

Calls for the upgrading of the A90 north of Ellon have been intensifying with work getting underway on the AWPR/Balmedie-Tipperty project.

Ellon councillor Gillian Owen, who has spearheaded the Why Stop at Ellon? campaign, said: “This has been a huge team effort. The work is not over, the first challenge has been successfully negotiated and I am sure there will be many more, but we can all be pleased with this news.”