Aberdeenshire Council is hosting a public information session at Turriff Academy on Monday, September 10 to highlight the measures that have already been taken to improve safety on the A947 road between Dyce and Banff, and set out the plans for the future.
A route study examining the 38-mile rural road, funded by Nestrans and the Aberdeenshire Community Safety Partnership, was carried out between September 2010 and March 2011.
The study was commissioned as part of measures to help 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 road were found to be 250% higher than national statistics.
After extensive consultation with Grampian Police and the North East Safety Camera Partnership (NESCAMP), intelligence-led enforcement measures have been undertaken along the route to provide a more visible police presence and encourage motorists to drive at more appropriate speeds.
A total of 19 speed camera sites along the A947 road were identified and these are all now in place, to be enforced regularly and randomly.
The partners have also improved the signage along the A947 road to provide more consistent road safety and speed messages at regular intervals.
It is hoped that the measures already put in place will help to reduce the number of road casualties on the A947.
The next step in the process is to examine all of the bends along the route, with a view to providing a consistent message about signing and lining. The board of NESTRANS, the transport partnership for Aberdeen City and Shire, has approved a funding bid of £150,000 to be used for this second phase of the project.
The event, which will run from 10am until 3pm, will start with presentations by experts from Aberdeenshire Council, Grampian Police and the North East Camera Safety Partnership (NESCAMP).
Officers will also be available to answer any questions about safety measures along the route.
Chair of Aberdeenshire Council’s Infrastructure Services Committee, Cllr Peter Argyle, said
It is extremely important that every effort is made to reduce the number of accidents on what is a busy and important road in Aberdeenshire.
The council and its partners have already taken positive steps towards improving road safety on the A947 between Dyce and Banff.
Committee vice-chair, Cllr Alan S Buchan, said
While we are working with our partners to improve safety on the A947, motorists also have to take responsibility for their driving. I would urge everybody using that road to drive safely and within their own limits.