‘Make death-trap road safe now’

George Wiseman died following a fatal road accident on the Newmachar to Oldmeldrum Road on Tuesday.
George Wiseman died following a fatal road accident on the Newmachar to Oldmeldrum Road on Tuesday.
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Call for urgent action after yet another fatal crash on notorious stretch of A947

A 49 year-old man was the victim of the latest accident on the A947 Aberdeen to Banff road, near Oldmeldrum, when his car was in a collision on Tuesday.

George Wiseman, from the Whitehills area, died in the accident involving a silver Mini and black Toyota Avensis two miles from Oldmeldrum at 3.55pm.

His family said they were “absolutely devastated” at the loss of George, a much-loved husband to Jenny and father to son Gavin (20) and daughter Olivia (16).

They said: “George worked at sea as a fisherman in Whitehills for years with his father Jamsie and brother Eric before latterly moving into the oil industry. He will be sorely missed by all who knew him.”

The route has been the scene of more than 20 fatal accidents since 2005 – 60% higher than the national average, according to Aberdeenshire Council.

Now, Conservative Peter Chapman has table a motion to parliament calling for action from the government and the local authority “as soon as possible”. Aberdeenshire Council’s infrastructure services committee agreed a A947 route improvement strategy in March, setting out a 20-year plan.

Mr Chapman said: “I have called on parliament to express sorrow at the latest death on this road which has been in need of safety improvements and upgrades for some time now.

“I have been pleased to see the work that Aberdeenshire Council has undertaken so far in exploring options for the A947, but we need to see a greater involvement from the Scottish Government.

“I believe we also need a degree of urgency – a 20-year time frame is far too long.

“The dangers of the A947 are well-known to all of those who use the road daily – there have been dozens of accidents and tragically, 11 fatalities in the last five years.”