Councillors briefed on transport links

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Fraserburgh and Peterhead councillors met with Nestrans (North East Scotland Transport) last month to give their views on transport links between Fraserburgh, Peterhead, and Aberdeen.

The councillors were given a briefing about the results of the recent on-line consultation.

Over 2000 responses were received, with 561 coming from the Broch area.

Fraserburgh and District Councillors Charles Buchan and Brian Topping attended the meeting along with five Peterhead Councillors as well as Ross Cassie to represent Troup.

Commenting on the evening, Councillor Buchan told the Herald: “For the 50% or so of Fraserburgh workers who travel to work outside the town, 15% or so travel to Peterhead, but the remaining 35% head off to Aberdeen, Dyce, Westhills, or Ellon.

“The journey at peak times is often horrendous, with travel times of 2 hours plus to cover 43 miles not uncommon.

“As well as causing lifestyle damage, and great inconvenience to our commuters, these unpredictable and long journey times produce a heavy cost to our businesses.

“In the short term, road upgrades are essential, and in the medium term dualling and rail must be implemented.

“I shall continue to press Nestrans, Transport Scotland, and the wider Scottish Government for radical solutions.”

Councillor Topping also commented, saying: “ Transport links between Fraserburgh and Aberdeen definitely needs improving.

“The present road network is unsuitable for the 21st century, and is holding back the town.

“Drivers become frustrated in their inability to overtake the large number of HGVs and agricultural vehicles, and are tempted to overtake in an unsafe manner.

“I am 100% in favour of a rail link being built, and will lobby strongly for it.

“Both Charles and Brian urge the people of Fraserburgh, and the surrounding settlements to make their voices heard in the public consultation coming in the autumn.”

Both Fraserburgh and Peterhead councillors felt that transport links north of Aberdeen were not fit for purpose,