13 December 2006

Stevenson Welcomes Progress On Dualling A90

Banff & Buchan SNP MSP Stewart Stevenson has welcomed the announcement today from Transport Scotland that the preferred route for the dualling of the A90 Peterhead-Aberdeen road between Balmedie and Tipperty has been selected.

But Mr Stevenson - a long-time campaigner for road improvements for the North-east - has criticised the Government for not taking the opportunity to go much further with dualling and improvements to the A90.

“A good road infrastructure increases the number of miles that commercial drivers can travel within the time limits they are bound by. It reduces the number of overnight stops and increases the distances that buses and lorries driven by commercial drivers can go.

“When I speak to businesses in my constituency who rely on road transport because we have no rail option in Banff & Buchan, this is the message that I get time and time again, so today’s news is a welcome step towards commencement of these improvement works.

“However, it is extremely regrettable that the Scottish Government has not taken the opportunity to extend the dualling of the A90 north of Ellon as part of the same programme of development.

“It is high time that the Liberal-Labour Scottish Government provided a transport infrastructure to serve the North-east of Scotland through the 21st Century.”

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