A90 most dangerous trunk road in Scotland

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Figures released through Parliamentary Questions has shown that the A90 is the most dangerous trunk road in Scotland.

The Scottish Liberal Democrats released the figures, after a question was lodged to the Scottish Government querying how many fatal and serious accidents there had been on the trunk road and motorway network in 2013, (2014 and 2015.

The figures revealed that in those three years, 30 people had died on the A90 and there had been 83 serious incidents. The total number of accidents combined on the which is 245 kilometres stretch of road - 113 - was the equivalent of a serious or fatal accident every 10 days. The top five most dangerous trunk roads in Scotland are - the A90, the A9, A90 in top five dangerous trunk roads in Scotland.

Across the trunk and motorway network as a whole, the number of serious accident has increased - with 229 in 2013, 235 in 2014 and 255 in 2015. However, the number of fatal accidents has fallen from 63 in 2013 to 53 in 2015.

Lib Dem North East MSP Mike Rumbles said: “Most families rely on their cars to get around and we need to ensure that we do what we can to make our roads as safe as possible. These figures demonstrate clearly that the Scottish Government still has a huge amount of work to do to boost safety on the trunk roads that are directly under their control.

“Since 2013 we have seen year on year increases in the number of serious or fatal accidents on trunk roads under the management of the Scottish Government. We have also seen transport infrastructure projects that have already been budgeted for and announced with great fanfare being dragged out and delayed.

“Our emergency services do fantastic, life-saving work responding to accidents as they happen but they need the government back them up too.

““Clearly, major infrastructure projects take time. But we have already been waiting for years to see improvements to roads like the A96. The SNP came into government in 2007 pledging urgent action to improve these trunk roads but next to nothing has happened.”

Jill Fotheringham, who has campaigned for a flyover at the A90/A937 junction, said: “Travelling on it on a regular basis, it doesn’t surprise me. I’ve seen it get busier over the years. Our own problems at Laurencekirk play just a part to a far wider problem. So many junctions with no merge lanes on the A90 is always going to be a danger to a stretch of road that is not fit for the volume of traffic using it. Most of us using the A90 will have been affected by an accident on it, whether it by being involved, diverted or stuck in queues for hours.

“Its a truly awful road, on one trip down to Holyrood an MSP told me that it should have been upgraded to a motorway but there is no way it can be done now.”