Boothby Road progress welcomed

Councillor Ian Tait.
Councillor Ian Tait.

Fraserburgh and district councillor Ian Tait has commented this week on the long awaited crossing measures at Boothby Road, Aberdeenshire Council having begun works on the site.

Councillors in Fraserburgh have long called for crossing measures at the site, a spot where young families and children cross to travel to and from the nearby primary school, but have had to wait until now for positive action to be taken.

This week, Councillor Tait spoke to us about his involvement in the work currently being carried out by Aberdeenshire Council.

He said: “I have spent a considerable amount of work in getting this crossing through.

“Constituents contacted me regarding the provision of a crossing east of the roundabout which gives access to Robbies Road. They were concerned it is too dangerous for their children to cross the road without supervision. I understood that others had looked into this before me, but the officers had said there were not good enough reasons to go ahead and install a light controlled crossing or even a patroller.

“I thought my constituents had a good case when asking for a pedestrian cross to be implemented there with pedestrian-demand traffic lights, such as was installed at College Bounds. That way, the children could press the button and stop the traffic when required while providing free flow when the traffic does not need to be stopped.”

Regarding the previous attempts to install crossing measures at the site, the councillor commented: “The last traffic survey that was done gave rise to data that would not justify a fixed light controlled crossing. However, I pointed out that the Watermill supermarket had been given planning permission since then and this would generate a huge amount of extra traffic going to it and coming from it on Boothby Road.

“I also pointed out that planning permission had also been given for housing on the East side of Boothby Road and this would also generate more traffic and more children wanting to get across the road. As a result, roads officers had discussions with Transport Scotland regarding the possibility of installing a road crossing.

“I am delighted to say that the design is finished and agreements completed with the utility companies, and the work has started this Monday past, so a new puffin crossing, which will provide a positive warning signal to motorists regarding pedestrians and allowing pedestrians to push a button to stop the traffic, will be installed.

“It has taken a considerable time to work through all the difficulties and I have spent a considerable amount of time on this matter throughout the year discussing it with roads officers.

“I have also kept my constituents who came to me first fully up to date at each step as it was completed. Now it is going ahead and will provide a safer crossing point for all my constituents there, especially the younger and elderly ones, and so I am absolutely delighted to have this new crossing,” he added.