Finally: A90 dualling move welcomed

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BANFF and Buchan MSP Stewart Stevenson has welcomed the announcement that the decision has been made to proceed with the dualling of the A90 from Balmedie to Tipperty.

This will improve journey times by removing the bottleneck that is caused by the stretch of existing single carriageway on the road between Aberdeen and Ellon.

Funding for the project is contained in the budget currently being progressed through the Scottish Parliament as the upgrade to the A90 and the construction of the AWPR will form a single contract.

Commenting, Mr Stevenson said: “This decision is good news for residents of Banff and Buchan and is another clear sign of the commitment this Scottish Government has to improving infrastructure in the region. When the upgrade to the A90 from Balmedie to Tipperty is complete, we will see significant reductions in journey times to and from Aberdeen.

“This is good news for business and good news for the many people in Banff and Buchan who make that journey on a regular basis.

“I know only too well how often people can face significant delays on the A90 because of the existing stretch of single carriageway, so this decision will be extremely welcome to everyone who uses the road regularly.”

Colleague Alex Salmond also hailed the news, stating: “I’m delighted the SNP Government has taken the decision to make the much-needed improvements to one of the key transport corridors in the north east. This project, once completed, will result in improved and more reliable journey times and improved safety for anyone using the A90 north of Aberdeen.

“The local community have been pressing for this upgrade for a number of years and this announcement will see the removal of the bottleneck caused by the existing single carriageway.

“After years of inaction by the previous Labour-Liberal administration, it has taken the SNP in Government to get progress on this vital transport project and the folk of Gordon and the north east are set to benefit. Everyone knows the critical nature of the public spending cutbacks of nearly £1.3bn in Scotland being imposed by the ConDem Government, and to make progress on an improved Balmedie to Tipperty route against that is very welcome indeed.”

Meanwhile, Liberal Democrat Transport spokesperson Alison McInnes described the announcement as a great victory for the Liberal Democrat-led campaign.

She said: “The Government has dithered and delayed over this project for almost four years. The reporter’s decision has been sitting in the minister’s in tray for over a year now. Local people are understandably not happy that this decision has taken so long.

“The decision to upgrade the A90 is of course to be welcomed as it will ease congestion in the area and make this stretch of road so much safer.

“But the Government will win no friends by tying this project up with the AWPR. The Balmedie-Tipperty upgrade could and should be finished quicker as a separate project.

The linked projects are now set for years of legal wrangling before work can begin.

“Liberal Democrats will continue to campaign for this vital upgrade o be built as soon as possible,” she added.