Study to be carried out on Rathen road

Dangerous: The busy A90 Trunk Road is a busy commute and there are safety concerns for children and pedestrians.
Dangerous: The busy A90 Trunk Road is a busy commute and there are safety concerns for children and pedestrians.

Bear Scotland is to carry out a study on the potential dangers for pedestrians crossing the busy A90 trunk road at Rathen.

The bus stop is situated on the opposite side of the road which many children use to travel into Fraserburgh for school.

Councillor Ian Tait, who has been in talks with Bear Scotland to look at the problem, said: “The children from Happyhillock Rathen have to walk along a grass verge adjacent to the very fast road to catch the bus to take them to Fraserburgh.

“When the weather is wet and the ground is muddy or icy then the children do not walk on the grass but are walking on the edge of the road which is clearly highly dangerous.

“I contacted Bear Scotland to ask them to look at providing a proper path along the grass verge well away from the A90 to a point opposite where the bus stop is.

“I also asked Bear Scotland to look at putting up warning signs on the A90. The signs are clearly necessary to warn drivers they are approaching a point where children and pedestrians cross and will improve the safety of the children.

“I am delighted Bear Scotland have now received confirmation from Transport Scotland to carry out a study at the issues I have raised and this should be completed by the end of May. I am very hopeful these measures will be put in place.”