A decade of the ‘dualler’

Traffic Cone
Traffic Cone

This Sunday will mark the 10th anniversary of the opening of the A92 Arbroath to Dundee road as a dual carriageway.

It was on October 4, 2005, that Andrew Welsh MSP and Bill Middleton, Provost of Angus, each plucked a traffic cone from the new road.

In so doing they signalled the completion of the 19km, £53 million dual carriageway PFI project, which has transformed the journey in terms of alleviating congestion and enhancing road safety.

At the time, the programme, completed seven months ahead of schedule by contractor Morgan Est, was the largest roads project undertaken by local government in Scotland.

Angus Council undertook the two-year multi-million pound road improvement scheme from Elliot to Claypotts in association with neighbouring Dundee City Council.

Communities Convener, Councillor Donald Morrison said: “The project has made a huge difference to the journey along what is a stretch of road that once had an unenviable safety record.

“The dual carriageway has had an enormously positive impact on an extremely important arterial route for Angus residents and businesses, as well as visitors to the area.”

In addition to a dualled carriageway, a safe route for pedestrians and cyclists was also established alongside the entire route.

Do you remember the old A92? What are your memories of it? Do you feel the dual carriageway has improved travel? Do you have any photographs of how the A92 used to look?