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Public consultation on deadly A947 route extended

The A947 stretch between Turriff and Banff
The A947 stretch between Turriff and Banff

A public consultation into long-term improvements on one of the north-east’s deadliest roads has been extended.

More than 400 people have already responded to Aberdeenshire Council’s online survey about the future of the A947 Aberdeen to Banff Road.

The local authority is sharping a route improvement strategy which will outline how the busy commuter route will be upgraded over the next 20 years.

Several sections of the 38-mile road have had minor upgrades over recent years, and police have cracked down on speeding drivers.

However, council chiefs are pushing to dramatically upgrade it in order to reflect its status as “an economic artery for business and industry located in north Aberdeenshire”.

The public consultation is reaching out to drivers and communities along the route, including Turriff, Oldmeldrum and Newmachar.

Chairman of the council’s infrastructure committee, David Aitchison, said: “We know from experience that there is a wide range of views on what could or should be done with this road to make it better and safer, and I would encourage anyone who drives the route on a regular basis but has not yet contributed to give their input.”

Vice-chairman Stephen Smith added: “This consultation provides a valuable opportunity for communities along the A947 to provide feedback.

“If they take part this will help to increase our understanding of the route, supporting the development of targeted improvements.”

 

The deadline has been extended by a week to September 14 to allow anyone who wants to influence the future development of the route to take part.

 

 

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