Liberal Democrat MSP slams dualling wait

Transport Scotland has announced that almost £600,000 is to be spent on preparatory work for dualling the A90 between Balmedie to Tipperty.

North-east Liberal Democrat MSP Alison McInnes noted the news of ground investigation work but added: “The funding is nothing but double-dealing from the SNP.”

She explained: “Last week the SNP were left red-faced by figures which showed only 1% of money spent on Scotland’s roads comes to the North-east.

“Now the SNP expect us to welcome funding for what is piecemeal ground investigation work, when they specifically opted to delay the Balmedie-Tipperty dualling project by linking it with the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route. As everybody knows, it is bogged down in the courts.

“I repeat my calls to the Transport Minister to decouple the Balmedie-Tipperty project from Aberdeen bypass immediately. It is a shambles that road users have had to wait this long, for no legitimate reason.”

The dualling scheme would alleviate a bottleneck caused by five miles of existing single carriageway.