Residents express safety concerns

A section of the B9001 is currently closed just past the Drum of Wartle garage
A section of the B9001 is currently closed just past the Drum of Wartle garage

Meikle Wartle residents have raised safety concerns following an increased number of cars travelling through the village due to a road closure.

The B9001 Rothienorman to Inverurie road closed just past the Drum of Wartle Petrol Station on Monday, November 2, to allow for resurfacing works.

The road is scheduled to remain closed until Friday, November 13.

Diversions in place indicate for drivers to travel to Oldmeldrum and onto Inverurie .

However, a number of drivers are using Meikle Wartle as a short-cut, including many HGV’s despite road signs stating the route is not safe for large vehicles.

Gary Newell, a Meikle Wartle resident, said he is worried for the safety of his children.

He said: “Meikle Wartle has a single track road throughout the village and beyond and there are only pavements in small areas.

“This leaves dog walkers having to use the road to walk on and school children using the road to get to the bus stop.

“Increased traffic is making it highly likely that a pedestrian will be knocked down.”

Gary added: “The B9001 has already seen its fair share of bad accidents during 2015 with a fatal incident occurring just weeks ago.

“Now that same traffic is flowing through a tiny village.

“The whole situation is incredibly dangerous.”

Head of roads and landscape services at Aberdeenshire Council, Philip McKay, said: “The resurfacing works on the B9001 should be finished early next week, several days ahead of schedule.

“Unfortunately motorists continue to use ‘unofficial’ diversion routes.

“In response we have erected extra signs for the B9001 works advising motorists that some of the shortcuts being used are unsuitable.

“To minimise the inconvenience to all involved we would ask motorists, and particularly drivers of larger vehicles, to follow the official diversion routes.”