Campaigners seeking the dualling of the A90 beyond Ellon have declared they are determined to force the project to the top of the Transport Scotland agenda.
The pledge followed public meetings in Peterhead and Longhaven on Tuesday when representatives from the government agency heard residents’ concerns about the lack of investment on the busy section between Ellon and Peterhead.
The sessions were organised by the Why Stop at Ellon initiative, spearheaded by Councillors Gillian Owen, Tom Malone and Alan Gardiner.
Councillor Owen, who chaired the meetings, described them as “really informative” and welcomed the officials’ visit to the North-east.
But she added: “There are no plans to dual the A90 from Ellon to Peterhead/Fraserburgh.
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“The project isn’t even on an agenda so the key thing for us is to get it on an agenda somewhere.
“Currently NESTRANS is doing some work and consultation to assist with the multi modular assessment and Transport Scotland is working with them on this.
“So our task is to make the case for the dualling to Peterhead/Fraserburgh in the most robust way to ensure that it gets on the agenda and as near to the top as possible.”
The calls for upgrading the route from Ellon to Peterhead and Fraserburgh have intensified as work gets under way in earnest on the dualling of the A90 between Balmedie and Tipperty.
During the question and answer session at the public meetings, residents raised a wide range of transport issues relating to the A90.
These included the volume of heavy vehicles on the road, motorists speeding to Aberdeen in the early morning, and a recent accident at the Cruden Bay turn-off.
Historic under-investment in the North-east’s roads was another key issue highlighted.
Councillor Gardiner said: “This is the first meeting we’ve had.
“We had a meeting with the Transport Scotland people and it went very well. We drove down to Peterhead and they saw first hand what the traffic was like.
“We’re struggling with the roads infrastructure just now, never mind in the future - so we need to build as strong a community, commuter and business case as possible.
“I encourage people to have a look at the ‘Why Stop at Ellon?’ campaign page.”
David Torrance, of Transport Scotland, said the NESTRANS study - whose report is due out early next year - is looking at all modes of transport and the problems facing commuters with a view to finding solutions.
Colleague Alison Irvine said the agency was doing its best in terms of setting priorities, and that people’s voices were being heard.