The issue of the A947, improvements and accident reduction have been raised again. Aberdeenshire Council are asking road users for their views as part of long-term improvement plans for the major north east Banff-Aberdeen route.
The A947 connects communities from Banff, Macduff, Turriff, Oldmeldrum and Newmachar as well as many smaller communities and is a vital economic artery for business and industry located in north Aberdeenshire. Aberdeenshire Council is working on a Route Improvement Strategy to shape how the road is developed over the next 20 years.
In response to road safety concerns, it has recently been the subject of various studies which resulted in engineering improvements and increased speed enforcement.
While work on local engineering interventions and enforcement will continue to help reduce accident rates, a longer term strategy is being developed.
This is intended to outline improvements required to address strategic objectives for increased safety and improved journey times over the next 20 years.
An online survey has now been launched targeted at motorists using the A947 and wider communities along the route.
Survey forms are also available to complete at council offices, community centres and libraries along the route.
The survey has been designed to understand existing concerns about the route and determine improvements users would like to see over the long term. It is part of a wider consultation and engagement programme planned along the route.
It seeks to understand travel behaviours that can lead to safety concerns and frustration, including situations commonly witnessed by motorists.
The A947 passes through three of Aberdeenshire Council’s six administrative areas – Garioch, Formartine and Banff and Buchan.
Chairman of the Banff and Buchan Area Committee, John Cox, welcomed the launch of the public consultation and encouraged communities to have their say.
We want to develop a route fit for the purpose of connecting communities along the route in a safe, effective, and sustainable manner while supporting regeneration activity in north Aberdeenshire.
Understanding the thoughts and concerns of motorists using the A947 day in, day out should mean a more comprehensive strategy will be produced which reflects the concerns of regular road users.
Chairman of the Formartine Area Committee, Rob Merson, said
Over the coming years, the transport landscape in the North East will change dramatically with the completion of the AWPR and Balmedie-Tipperty improvements, while Transport Scotland is also progressing plans for dualling of the A96.
The development of this strategy will increase understanding of the A947 and how its role may change in the future after the completion of wider infrastructure projects.
Chairman of the Garioch Area Committee, Fergus Hood, said
While it may not be a trunk road, the A947 plays a strategic role in Aberdeenshire’s transport network, connecting thousands of residents with jobs and other opportunities.
It is vital that the benefits of wider investment are realised for communities along the route through a fit-for-purpose A947.
The closing date for responses is Monday, September 7, a copy of the survey can be picked up at council offices, community centres and libraries along the A947 or it is available to complete online by visiting www.A947survey.net