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Public meetings on road safety plans for A947 route

28th November 2012

Local residents are invited to attend a public information session to find out about measures to improve road safety on the A947 road between Dyce and Banff.

The two public events will also give people the chance to ask questions and find out about future plans for improvements to that road.

A route study on the 38-mile road, funded by Nestrans and the Aberdeenshire Community Safety Partnership (ACSP) was carried out between September 2010 and March 2011, as part of efforts to meet accident reduction targets set by the Scottish Government.

With between two and three fatal road collisions each year between 2005 and 2009, fatal accident statistics on the A947 road are 50% higher than the national average. The number of accidents linked to bends on the A947 were found to be 250% higher than national statistics.

A series of measures were adopted to improve safety on the route, following completion of the study and extensive consultation with Grampian Police and the North East Safety Camera Partnership (NESCAMP).

A total of 19 speed camera sites along the A947 road have been identified and are now all in place, to be used by mobile NESCAMP speed camera vans regularly and randomly.

Intelligence-led enforcement measures are being undertaken along the route to provide a more visible police presence and encourage motorists to drive at appropriate speeds. Signage has also been improved to provide more consistent road safety and speed messages at regular intervals.

The first public meeting will be held at Meldrum Academy in Oldmeldrum on Wednesday, November 28 from 7.30pm – 9pm.

A second session will be held at Banff Academy in Banff on Monday, December 10 from 7.30pm – 9pm.

Local community council members, parent councils and other local groups have already been invited to the public meeting.

It follows an information session held at Turriff Academy in September.

Visitors will be able to get information on future plans for improving safety on the A947 route.

The next step in the project, which is currently under way, is an examination of all the bends along the A947, with a view to providing a consistent message about signing and lining.

Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Infrastructure Services Committee, Cllr Peter Argyle, said: “Vital work has already been carried out to improve safety on a road which has seen an unacceptably high number of accidents in recent years.

“More needs to be done to try and reduce the number of accidents on the busy and important A947 between Dyce and Banff.”

Committee vice-chair, Cllr Alan S Buchan, said: “I would encourage people to come along to the public meetings and find out about the measures being taken on the A947.

“While we are working with our partners to improve safety on the A947, motorists also have to take responsibility for their own speed and make sure they are travelling safely and at a speed appropriate for the road.”

 

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