Notorious A96 junction gets safety upgrade

A junction on the A96 between Aberdeen and Inverness is getting new road signs and markings after 11 personal injury crashes were recorded along its stretch in just three years.

Grampian online says the improvements at Colpy follow a campaign by local Conservative MSP Alexander Burnett, who wrote to the Scottish Government expressing fears over the number of collisions which were occurring on a “weekly basis”.

Two pensioners were seriously injured after a lorry and four cars collided at the junction near Morgan McVeighs earlier this year.

Grampian online quotes Mr Burnett as saying: “While I welcome action being taken to improve safety at this dangerous junction, I still believe the layout in its present form presents huge risks to motorists trying to join the A96 from Colpy.

“There are near misses and collisions on this stretch of the road on a weekly basis and as we have seen, they can have catastrophic consequences for those involved.

“Motorists often take their life into their own hands when trying to cross the carriageway at Colpy which is why I want to see the layout of the junction changed to mitigate these risks.

“This should have happened years ago under plans to dual the A96 but shockingly, the proposals to upgrade the road in full are now in doubt due to the SNP-Green coalition at Holyrood.

“I believe more needs to be done in addition to the new signage and road markings and for the sake of families whose loved ones have been impacted by collisions at the junction, I hope this can be achieved in the future.”

(Picture – Google Streetview)


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