MSP wants action on ‘dangerous’ A96 junction

An MSP is calling for safety improvements to a junction on the busy A96 near Inverurie.

Friday, 28th November 2014, 6:00 am
Nanette Milne and Colin Clark at Oyne Fork
Nanette Milne and Colin Clark at Oyne Fork

North East Conservative Nanette Milne said she had witnessed near misses at Oyne Fork which she described as “dangerous”.

Her call for action has been backed by Colin Clark, Tory candidate for the Gordon constituency in May’s general election.

Dr Milne said: “I welcome the work which will soon see the notorious bottleneck at the Inveramsay Bridge addressed.

“The Scottish Government has outlined its long-term plan to dual the A96 in the future. However, it is clear that we need to seek solutions to dangerous junctions such as Oyne Fork now.

“For motorists leaving and driving onto the A96 the Oyne Fork junction is extremely dangerous given that it has limited visibility and is on a very fast bend.

“Like many motorists I have witnessed some near misses at the junction in the past.

“The population of Insch and surrounding communities such as Oyne has increased significantly in recent years with the Oyne Fork junction now clearly not suitable for the level of traffic.”

Transport Scotland announced last month that work to relieve the bottleneck at Inveramsay Bridge was due to get under way within weeks.

The £10 million contract has been awarded to the construction group Balfour Beatty and will include road re-alignment and a new rail bridge.