Transport group says dualling of A90 is justified

From left, Cllr Gillian Owen, Colin Clark, Ian Duncan and Peter Chapman at the Toll of Birness junction where they launched a funding proposal to dual the A90 as far as Ellon.

Efforts to dual a notorious stretch of the A90 have been described as “justifiable” by a transport body.

The Ellon to the Toll of Birness route has been the subject of debate since 2015, when transport body Nestrans was commissioned to investigate options on how to increase safety. Now, in a report to be discussed by Ellon councillors next week, Nestrans says the number of cars using the road each day is in excess of the recommended limit.

Consequently, the report says the option of dualling the road each way from Ellon to the Toll of Birness junction, which branches traffic to Fraserburgh, is “justifiable”.

Formartine area committee members will be given the first opportunity to provide their thoughts on the findings on Tuesday.

Ellon councillor Gillian Owen has spearheaded efforts to improve safety on the route.

She declined to comment ahead of the committee meeting.

Full details of the Nestrans findings are due to be unveiled at an infrastructure services committee meeting on January 25.