Group set up to help improve safety of North-east road

The A947 between Dyce and Newmachar.
The A947 between Dyce and Newmachar.

Councillors have agreed to set up a new formal working group to ensure progress is made on improving a notorious Aberdeenshire road.

A new report released last week has revealed progress so far on improvements to the A947 in a bid to reduce the number of collisions on the road and improve journey times.

Aberdeenshire Council’s infrastructure services committee met yesterday where they heard a review of “overtaking opportunities” had been undertaken but was “not identified” as an early priority. Officers told members they had to wait until the dualling of the A96 is complete first as any alignment north-east of Inverurie could have implications on the A947 between Oldmeldrum and Dyce.

Convener of the committee Councillor Peter Argyle welcomed the creation of a formal working group.

He said: “A lot of activity is happening already and there’s always a demand for more pace and we want to see more things taken forward.

“There is a degree of uncertainty with the route of the A96 when it is dualled but having a working group will be helpful.”

The study comes two years after the A947 Road Improvement Strategy was launched with the aim of transforming the road over the next 20 years. The strategy was launched after 98 accidents on the road between 2012 and 2016, nine of which were fatal and 34 serious.

Councillors agreed yesterday to set up a new formal member officer working group to take progress forward. This will include four councillors from the Banff and Buchan area, four from Formartine and two from Garioch.

A review has also been carried out in the existing layby provision on the route with 42 potential locations identified for more detailed assessment.