More than 85% of motorists driving near north-east school are speeding, says survey

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More than 85% of motorists driving near a north-east school are speeding, according to a survey carried out by the council.

Aberdeenshire Council has conducted traffic studies on the route and found more than 85% of drivers were clocked over the limit.

The Buchan area committee is set to discuss efforts to put the brakes on speeders on Peterhead’s Kinmundy Road beside Clerkhill School.

Councillors on the committee had supported a review of driving behaviour after residents raised concerns about road safety and speeding.

The study looked at two separate issues – the speed limit on Kinmundy Road and parking problems on Meethill Road and Cairntrodlie beside the school.

Clerkhill Primary School

The report recommends a new layby beside Clerkhill, which it is hoped will relieve congestion.

Norman Smith, chairman of the Buchan area committee, said he looked forward to discussing the findings of the report.

He said: “Every member of the area committee, bar one, backed action to address these traffic issues and I’m pleased the findings of the roads department have strengthened the case for the improvements we called for.

“I look forward to discussing the report at next week’s area committee and commend the six Peterhead councillors who worked together across ward boundaries and party lines to push for this.”

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The report says that drivers using Kinmundy Road were speeding between 38-40mph – the limit is 30mph.

As a result of the survey, Aberdeenshire Council is looking to “determine appropriate measures that can be put in place to reduce traffic speeds”.

Peterhead North and Rattray councillor Anne Allan also welcomed the report.

She said: “The latest speed survey on Kinmundy Road is above the threshold for action and vindicates the approach taken by the area committee.”

She added: “It’s clear from the report that if we had only focused on Kinmundy Road that the earlier speed surveys done would not have supported the case for action.

“As it is, the roads department is recommending measures to address driver behaviour on this stretch of road, and will look at what further measures are needed.”