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Diversion in place as road closed due to bridge collapse

24th December 2012

Residents in Hatton are being advised to follow diversionary routes after a bridge was damaged in the recent flooding.

Aberdeenshire Council is working hard to provide alternative access to Hatton Farm Gardens after the closure of the bridge linking the housing estate to the main village and the A90.

Around 200 households on the north side of Hatton are affected and will have to follow the alternative vehicular route for the next several months as the council rebuilds the bridge.

In the meantime, the diversionary route for vehicles continues north-west out of the village to the C38b at Newton Farm, and joining the A952 at Nether Kinknockie. Motorists can then head south on the A952 to Nether Hawkhillock and the C70b to Hatton or continue on the A952 to Toll of Birness for Ellon and Aberdeen. The 10-mile diversion is necessary to allow the bridge to be rebuilt. The diversion route will be signed.

Roads bosses expect to install a temporary pedestrian footbridge across the burn on Thursday (December 27) to restore access to the centre of the village.

Residents are being reminded to think about their safety and not to cross the burn in the meantime. Council staff are working hard to restore pedestrian access across the burn, providing access to local amenities in the village centre.

Buchan Area manager Chris White said: "We would ask the residents to bear with us while we consider the best plan to rebuild the bridge.

"The persistent rain has caused considerable damage and there are gas pipes and water pipes serving the local community which need to be protected.

"We hope to begin the process of building a new bridge over the burn in the coming days, but the process will take several months. In the meantime, we hope to install a temporary pedestrian walkway across the burn which will allow pedestrians to access the main part of the village.

"Motorists are advised to follow the diversions, taking account of the nature of the route, and driving appropriately.

"The safety of the residents of Hatton is our primary concern, and we will continue to work hard to provide a solution to this problem."


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