Safety work set to begin on A90

Safety: It is hoped the improvements will prevent further accidents from occuring.'Picture: Lauren McLeod
Safety: It is hoped the improvements will prevent further accidents from occuring.'Picture: Lauren McLeod

A dangerous bend on the Peterhead-Fraserburgh road will see a number of safety improvements to prevent further accidents occurring.

The Philorth Bends on the A90 just outside of Fraserburgh has seen 11 people lose their lives at the black spot since 1999.

Fraserburgh and District Councillor Ian Tait has been pushing for 4 years to have safety improvements introduced and was delighted that Transport Scotland began the safety works on Monday.

Councillor Tait said: “I have been in frequent contact with Transport Scotland to ask them to take action to lessen the dangers at these bends. I am delighted that they have now began these comprehensive improvements.”

The safety works include additional bend warning signs, chevron boards, bollards and road markings which will warn drivers approaching the bends to drive appropriately. A range of roadside safety measures will also be introduced including the installation of safety barriers, relocation of various telegraph poles and replacement of steel sign posts. A carriageway maintenance scheme is also programmed to be carried out early in the coming financial year and will involve resurfacing the southern half of the area.

Councillor Tait continued: “The works are very comprehensive and I would thank Transport Scotland for taking on board my concerns for my constituents. I have campaigned for safety measures here at these bends for some time. Therefore I am delighted that Transport Scotland is getting to grips with the dangers at the Philorth Bends. I welcome the improvements they are going to do and it is my fervent hope that these will help to lessen the dangers so that we do not have any more accidents and fatalities.

“However, my long term aim would be to get these bends straightened and that is what I have said to the Chief Executive of Transport Scotland.”