Transport chiefs will launch a safety probe into a notorious north-east junction

Transport chiefs will launch a safety probe into a notorious north-east junction, where three people died in a crash earlier this year.

Two men and a woman died and four people were seriously injured in the collision involving a bus and two cars on the Aberdeen-Dundee road, at Glenbervie, in March.

The road was closed for almost 24 hours as officers worked to piece together the cause of the accident.

Following the tragic incident, it emerged that the Drumlithie junction had been the site of a number of accidents and near-misses over the years.

Transport bosses have now confirmed they will carry out a review at the site, following pressure from the communities that use the road.

North-east MSP Liam Kerr had been among the most vocal in calling for action, and has now revealed Transport Scotland will conduct a study during the summer.

He said: “Transport Scotland said the junction was perfectly safe last year, whereas constituents told me it is not.

“I agree with them. It’s too tight for many of the vehicles which use it.

“I think safety requirements have moved on since these roads were built.”

A letter from Transport Scotland chief executive Roy Brannen to Mr Kerr stated that a traffic survey had discovered that a “large proportion of HGVs” were using the turn, and “current central reserve geometry may create difficulties for larger vehicles”.

He added: “If the A90 between Aberdeen and Dundee was laid out today, junctions would be hugely different.

“As we are seeing at Laurencekirk, it can take years to get this government to fix infrastructure that’s not fit for purpose.

“This review needs done now and needs to be based on risk, rather than waiting for accidents to happen.”

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