A North-east council is considering changing the status of a road often closed in bad weather.
Aberdeenshire Council’s decision to review the winter maintenance service for the B974 Banchory to Fettercairn road, or Cairn O’ Mount, was announced after an MSP raised concerns on behalf of locals. The route is regularly shut during heavy snowfall and is not one of the priority routes outlined by the authority for gritting.
Winter maintenance teams concentrate on what are regarded as the busiest A and B roads – about 30% of all routes – which are treated the night before ice or snow is forecast. Lower priority roads – including the B974 – are not treated until after 8am on a day of adverse weather that is expected to continue for at least 48 hours.
Scottish Conservative MSP for Aberdeenshire West Alexander Burnett contacted the council to raise concerns from residents that the Cairn O’ Mount road needed extra attention due to the large volume of traffic using it.
In response, the council’s head of roads Philip McKay has stated that the B974 is among several roads being reviewed and considered for a new “intermediate” status – between high and low priority.