Transport group to discuss report on plans for upgrades at notorious A90 junction

The A90 at the Toll of Birness junction.

A report examining possible upgrades to busy North-east roads will be considered this week.

NESTRANS, the transport partnership for Aberdeen City and Shire, will meet tomorrow to discuss the document, including the progress of the Fraserburgh and Peterhead to Aberdeen Strategic Transport Study (FPASTS).

The report looks at prospective upgrades on the A90 and A952 near the Toll of Birness.

Options previously heard by councillors include dualling the A90 at the notorious junction, adding a roundabout as well as general safety improvements costing between £10-15 million.

The report states: “It is suggested that NESTRANS and partners enter into discussion with Transport Scotland, who are responsible for the trunk road network including the Toll of Birness junction.

“It is suggested that it would be prudent, in the short term, to also look to enter into discussion with Transport Scotland and relevant development management teams to seek ways of securing potential funding for early works, and associated implementation pathways, due to potential opportunities afforded by proximity of neighbouring developments.”

The report recommends NESTRANS consults Transport Scotland to engage with them on how best to progress the A90 scheme, and ensure all options are fully considered.

Councillor Gillian Owen is spearheading the Why Stop at Ellon? group, which aims to improve road conditions on the A90 – including at the Toll of Birness.

She said: “I welcome the positive proposals in the report item 4a Fraserburgh and Peterhead to Aberdeen Strategic Transport Study, but we have waited some considerable time for the results of the survey. It clearly shows a need for action particularly at the Toll of Birness.

“I am, however, disappointed in the bureaucratic language used and the seeming need to have further consultations with Transport Scotland.

“I urge NESTRANS to expedite proceedings as speedily as possible.”

MP David Duguid is also supporting the campaign.

He said: “Surveys and consultations have their place but the case for dualling beyond Ellon towards Peterhead and Fraserburgh is indisputable.”