Event to showcase road improvements

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IMPROVEMENTS to one of the north-east’s most dangerous roads are set to be discussed in a special exhibit at Turriff Academy

next week.

The public information session, scheduled between 10am and 3pm on September 10, will highlight some of the improvements which are set to take place on the A947 Dyce-Banff road, in a concerted effort by the council and its partners to reduce the number of accidents.

Already extant safety measures include nineteen safety camera sites along the length of the route manned at random, along with better signage and speed limit advice. In recent months, the road has also hosted an increased police presence, in an effort to make drivers more aware of their speed.

The route has an accident rate 50% above the national average, with two to three people losing their lives on the 38-mile route every year. The route incorporates a number of sharp bends and narrow points, accounting for a significant proportion of the accidents. With little room for overtaking, and many drivers speeding, the road has an unenviable reputation.

A route study was undertaken in 2010 to identify measures which could be taken to make the road safer. The second phase of the project - which has secured £150,000 worth of funding from NESTRANS - will involve examining signage and lining on the road’s notorious bends.

Aberdeenshire Council is hosting a public information session at Turriff Academy on Monday, September 10 to highlight the measures that have already been taken, and set out the plans for the future.

The event, which will run from 10am until 3pm, will start with presentations by experts from Aberdeenshire Council, Grampian Police and the North East Camera Safety Partnership (NESCAMP). Officers will be on hand to explain and discuss the measures with members of the public.

Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Infrastructure Services Committee, Cllr Peter Argyle, said: “It is extremely important that every effort is made to reduce the number of accidents on what is a busy and important road in Aberdeenshire.

“The council and its partners have already taken positive steps towards improving road safety on the A947 between Dyce and Banff.”

Committee vice-chair, Cllr Alan S Buchan, said: “While we are working with our partners to improve safety on the A947, motorists also have to take responsibility for their driving. I would urge everybody using that road to drive safely and within their own limits.”

The A947 Working Group Spokesperson, Mel Edwards commented: “The A947 is your road, you may use it to commute to work, take your children to school or to visit friends and family – whatever you use it for I would stress the importance of keeping it safe, not only by driving safely yourself but by discouraging others from driving in an unsafe manner.”