Liberal Democrat MSP urges speed over dualling

North-east Liberal Democrat MSP Alison McInnes has again challenged the Transport Minister to dual the Balmedie to Tipperty stretch of the A90 now rather than wait until the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route is under way.

Mrs McInnes pressed the minister during Parliamentary Question Time.

She asked whether the government is considering accelerating the work on upgrading the A90 between Balmedie and Tipperty.

The Minister for Housing and Transport Keith Brown replied: “The A90 Balmedie to Tipperty scheme will be procured alongside the Aberdeen western peripheral route in a non-profit distributing model form of contract.”

Mrs McInnes went on to say: “I need to stress that this short stretch of dualling would make a big difference to my constituents. It would not only ease congestion for those travelling from Buchan and Ellon into Aberdeen, but also tackle real road safety problems.

“Currently residents of Balmedie and Belhelvie have to negotiate a very difficult junction at the north end of Balmedie where the dual carriageway ends, and residents of Newburgh have great difficulty turning north on to the main road at the Fountainbleu junction.”

She told the Minister: “The problem with your chosen approach is that you have rolled a whole series of projects together, and progress is hindered because one component of the package has stalled. I urge you to think again and get on with building the Balmedie-Tipperty link now. Let’s not wait any longer for the outcome of legal wrangling.”