Road improvements costing £40m could be built north of Aberdeen

Councillor Peter Argyle

Road improvements costing almost £40 million could be built to the north of Aberdeen, a new report has said.

The study, written by Systra, considers the possibility of upgrading the A90 and A952.

A package of measures, including new roundabouts at Toll of Birness and Cortes junctions, upgrades at other junctions, safety improvements and overtaking opportunities as well as partial dualling of the route could be delivered in phases, costing £39m, the report said.

A separate report, written by AECOM, looks at how rail links can be boosted to the north of the city.

It looks at the costs, benefits and passenger numbers if a rail line was reopened between Aberdeen, Dyce and Ellon on the former Formartine and Buchan line.

The report considers three options costing between £270m and £381m and predicts people would make between 450,000 and 700,000 journeys per year.

Both reports were commissioned by Nestrans.

Politicians from across the North-east were due to meet this morning to discuss the reports.

Members of the Nestrans Board, MPs and MSPs this morning received presentations from the two consultant teams tasked with investigating detailed road and rail options for the Fraserburgh and Peterhead to Aberdeen Strategic Transport Study (FPASTS).

Nestrans chairman, Councillor Peter Argyle said, “We have had a very valuable and interesting morning hearing presentations and discussing the findings with the two sets of consultants leading on the reports.

“What we can see in the road report is that if we can obtain what we see as a fairly modest investment from Transport Scotland, we could deliver new infrastructure that would deliver benefits to travel in the North-east.”