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Reduced speed limit for Garioch accident blackspot gets green light

The A944 to Alford at the junction for Kirkton of Skene B979 where plans have been passed to lower the speed limit to 50mph.
The A944 to Alford at the junction for Kirkton of Skene B979 where plans have been passed to lower the speed limit to 50mph.

Councillors have unanimously approved a new reduced speed limit for a notorious Aberdeenshire accident black spot.

There have been 17 reported accidents on the stretch of A944 Aberdeen to Dunecht road near the Kirkton of Skene junction over the last five years.

Now the 2km length of road between Mason Lodge and Elrick including the junction with the B9126 at the Gairloch smiddy crossroads will be reduced from 60mph to a 50mph speed limit following approval at the Garioch area committee.

Westhill councillor Iris Walker welcomed the news and last night said: “Residents frequently contact us about road safety issues and we work closely with roads engineers within the council and with Police Scotland to try to resolve concerns. This Traffic Order is an example of partnership working and consulting with Communities to make our roads safer. We each have a part to play as drivers, cyclists or pedestrians as well.”

“Officers have now stated that the bends on the route where vehicles have known to have left the road have already been identified for inclusion in next year’s surfacing programme and I have asked for early implementation.”

There were some objections received to the proposed reduction from 60 mph to 50mph on the stretch of road and one suggested also adding “high-traction” surfacing on corners.

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