A9 travellers advised on potential disruption

Ongoing A9 dualling works between Luncarty and the Pass of Birnam will see the implementation of overnight traffic management measures from this week.

Having got underway on April 11th, a five-week programme of works will see motorists facing road closures and a temporary 30 mph speed limit in the area.

Overnight disruption for drivers

All work on the carriageway has been scheduled to take place between the hours of 20:00 and 06:00 Monday to Friday, with no restrictions in place at the weekend.

The present phase of the A9 dualling project will see existing utilities being diverted, as well as various culvert extensions below the A9 carriageway and the creation of new access points to local routes.

A spokesperson for Transport Scotland stated: “We are continuing to work closely with our contractor to minimise any disruption to traffic and would like to thank road users in advance for their patience whilst our contractor carries out these works.

“Transport Scotland apologise for any inconvenience caused during these works.”

With the upcoming Easter bank holiday, the body has reassured motorists that no traffic management measures will be in place throughout this busy weekend.

Despite this, motorists are advised to allow extra time to complete journeys in the area during this five-week programme of carriageway improvements.

Ellie Baker, brand manager at FCS Scotland, adds: “Ongoing development of the A9 dualling scheme will provide a welcome boost for travellers in the future. Motorists must therefore bear with potential disruption at present, to ensure the smooth and safe upgrade of this important route.”

Contract awarded for A90 Laurencekirk junction upgrade

Transport Scotland has announced the successful award of a new contract for the improvement of the A90 Laurencekirk junction in Aberdeenshire.

A £300,000 groundworks contract has been awarded to Allied Exploration and Geotechnics Ltd.
Exploratory works to inform future action

Work at the site is now scheduled to get underway from early May and will take approximately eight weeks to complete. The project will provide the detailed information needed to inform the next stage of works.

Motorists in the area are advised of some potential disruption throughout the exploration phase of the groundworks scheme, with work taking place close to the existing carriageway in some areas.

As a result, a number of traffic management schemes are to be introduced to slow down traffic and to ensure the safety of all those working at the site.

Commenting on the project, cabinet secretary for transport, infrastructure and connectivity Michael Matheson said: “When completed, the scheme will help reduce accidents and delays by preventing traffic turning or crossing at the busy A90 junction to the south of the town.

“As well as grade-separating the junction, the scheme will also improve safety and accessibility for all active travel users.”

The improvement project began in summer 2018, when members of the public and interested parties had the chance to determine their preferred route for the junction upgrade.

Full details of the junction improvements will be revealed later this year, once groundwork exploration data has been assessed and final contract awards for construction have been made.

Ellie Baker, brand manager at FCS Scotland, adds: “This is great news for members of the local community and for the region in general. Improvements to the A90 Laurencekirk junction will better ensure a smooth flow of traffic and bring a number of economic gains in the future.”

Half-a-million pound investment for Scottish ULEVs

The Scottish government has announced a new £510,000 investment to promote the uptake of ultra-low emission vehicles (ULEVs) across the country. The new fund will be named the Plugged-in Households Grant Fund.

Promoting greener driving for Scots

Set to launch in October this year, the fund will promote a range of car sharing and ULEV options to communities across Aberdeenshire, Elgin, Fife, Glasgow, Midlothian, Paisley and Orkney.

It will allow individuals and organisations within these communities the opportunity to hire ULEVs when they require the use of a car, as well as providing funding for housing associations to promote the use of these services.

Cabinet secretary for transport, infrastructure and connectivity Michael Matheson said: “This scheme provides potential car sharing solutions to at least 100,000 homes so that more people, including housing association tenants, will now be able to experience the benefits of modern ultra-low emission vehicles.”

He went on to add that the new fund represents an “innovative project” to make “e-mobility more inclusive, accessible and affordable”. In addition, it will help to support communities and individuals who need access to transport, but who otherwise might not be able to afford it.

The scheme has received the backing of a number of high-profile bodies, including the Energy Saving Trust. It is hoped that upwards of 100,000 households will benefit from the launch of the new fund.

Ellie Baker, brand manager at FCS Scotland, adds: “Supporting greener driving across Scotland is a great move by the government. Helping communities to access car sharing and ULEVs is a step in the right direction towards a cleaner future.”

Study into Borders transport improvements moves forward

The final report of The Borders Transport Corridors Study-Pre Appraisal has been published. In it, a range of recommendations have been produced to enhance the transport connectivity of the Borders region in Scotland.

A focus on connectivity for Scotland

Drafted by Transport Scotland, the report has been based on a national appraisal of transport connectivity to the Scottish Borders. It includes all aspects of transport connectivity, including roads, rail and public transport provision.

Officials will now examine the recommendations as part of efforts to improve the local transport network in order to provide a widespread economic boost to the region, and to the country as a whole.

Areas of potential improvement that have been defined as part of the study include improvements to the A7 and A68, as well as dualling sections of the A1 between Dunbar and the border with England.

Cabinet secretary for transport, infrastructure and connectivity Michael Matheson commented: “The recommendations made in this study – which are underpinned by detailed evidence on problems and opportunities – will help ensure the case is made for improvements in the Borders.”

He added major plans are now being developed to enhance transport connectivity in the area, with future development to be carried out as part of the Scottish government’s Strategic Transport Projects Review.

Mr Matheson concluded that the next stage of the work will be focused on enhancing the “successful partnerships” that have been created as part of the review process, before moving on to further action.

Ellie Baker, brand manager at FCS Scotland, adds: “Improving transport infrastructure across the Borders region will have far-reaching benefits. Better connectivity means ease of movement for people and goods, ensuring a brighter future for the Scottish economy.”

AWPR/B-T update: New road layout to open on A90

Drivers travelling between Craibstone and Parkhill in Aberdeenshire will benefit from a new road layout and reduction in congestion in the months and years to come.

Delivered as part of Transport Scotland’s ongoing Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route/Balmedie to Tipperty (AWPR/B-T) project, the latest section of the A90 to undergo a transformation is set to open to all road users on Tuesday (February 19th).

New layouts to get used to

In total, a 4.5-mile stretch of new road will link the southern route out of Craibstone to Stonehaven and the Charleston section with Parkhill.

Meanwhile, other upgrades to the route will see the permanent closure of the A90 junction with the A96, as well as the opening of a new connection to the C89C Chapel of Stoneywood to Craibstone Junction.

Safer roads and less congestion

Douglas Laird, project manager for the AWPR/B-T scheme at Transport Scotland, said: “This new section of road between Craibstone and Parkhill will bring a range of benefits to road users, including reduced congestion, improved journey time reliability and enhanced safety.

“However, we would like to remind road users to drive with caution for their own safety and to consider the safety of other road users as there are a number of changes to the road layout to become accustomed to.”

Mr Laird went on to state there will likely be a degree of uncertainty for many road users over the coming weeks and months, but the impact of these changes will be felt in the area for years to come.

Ellie Baker, brand manager at FCS Scotland, adds: “Further improvements continue to come online as part of the ongoing AWPR/B-T project, with members of the local community benefiting from safer, less-congested roads. All in all, this is great news for drivers and the area as a whole.”