Transport Scotland to review “terrifying” junction

Transport Scotland is promising to review the layout of a junction on the A96 between Aberdeen and Inverness.

The Press and Journal reports that MSP Alexander Burnett, who represents Aberdeenshire West, wrote to the government body earlier this month following a spate of crashes at the junction in Huntly that included a crash between a car and a lorry which resulted in a woman and a young child being taken to hospital.

In his letter, the Conservative MSP suggested upgrades should be made in the interests of safety – including the possibility of a roundabout on the site.

The paper reports that Hugh Gillies, director of roads at Transport Scotland, responded saying that the junction was “likely” to be included in the organisation’s annual safety review next year, which is due to be concluded in August 2022.

It adds that Mr Gillies writes that Transport Scotland has been working to improve junction signing at points along the A96 since a route investigation in 2015, and the design of improvements for the junction in question is “ongoing”.

The letter continues, “Given concerns raised and the recent number of injury accidents at this junction, I will ensure that the design for this location takes into consideration these accidents and measures are implemented to target these to improve safety and reduce risk at the junction.”

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