A North-east MP has called for a dualling of a major road to help relieve pressure on a busy route.
Conservative MP Colin Clark, who represents Gordon, has raised concerns over the A947 Aberdeen to Banff road going through Newmachar.
He said constituents are worried over the volume and speed of vehicles.
Mr Clark is now supporting an option put forward by Transport Scotland which would see pressure relieved on the A947.
The transport body has put forward 17 options, with nine still up for consideration.
The one being supported by Mr Clark is option Q, which would provide an alternative dual carriageway connection to the new Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR) north of Dyce.
Mr Clark said: “The residents I spoke to in Newmachar this week remain very concerned about the A947.
“There is an enormous volume of traffic passing through the town – often at a great speed.
“That is one of the reasons why I have supported option Q for the A96 dualling, which can help to ease the pressure on the Aberdeen-Banff road.
“There is a great opportunity to improve the flow of traffic and make our roads safer at the same time.”
Mike Taylor, secretary for Newmachar Community Council, said: “People do drive too fast and there has been a problem with congestion in the area.
“If the traffic was lightened then it would definitely help relieve some of the pressure on the A947.”
A Transport Scotland spokesman said: “The route options assessment work is under way and we expect to consult later this year on the options which are developed, with a view to identifying a preferred option for the route in 2019.
“We are at the early stages of the design and assessment process and no route options have been identified yet.
“Meaningful engagement with communities and local groups is a key part of our work as we develop the plans.”