Project will get rid of Big Tree Bends

Pictured on Thursday at the Big tree bend on the A92 are, councillors David Fairweather, Mark Salmond and Jack West senior engineer roads department Angus Council.
Pictured on Thursday at the Big tree bend on the A92 are, councillors David Fairweather, Mark Salmond and Jack West senior engineer roads department Angus Council.

TWO ANGUS Council committees heard reports on Tuesday relating to the realignment of the A92, the main road between Arbroath and Montrose, at the Hawkhill and Courthill bends.

The purchase of the pieces of land needed for the realigned stretch of the road known locally as Big Tree Bends is nearing completion and a contract for the construction works is due to be awarded in August.

The council’s roads spokesperson, Councillor David Fairweather, welcomed the progress being made on the £3 million project.

He commented: “I am delighted to see this project moving on. It’s a significant investment that will be welcomed by motorists as it will really improve this stretch of the A92.

“Nine companies have been invited to tender for the construction work and those tenders are due back in on August 11. Work should then be able to start in the autumn and be completed by next summer.”

Councillor Mark Salmond, the council’s finance and property spokesperson, added: “Although the negotiations over the required land took a bit longer than we had originally expected, it’s good to see the progress that’s now been made. The various property transactions are just being finalised so there should be no problems with work starting in the next couple of months.

“I know from the representations made to me and other elected members over the years that the news that the project is about to start will be welcomed by those who regularly use this route.”

Reports were considered by the council’s executive sub-committees for infrastructure services and corporate services.

Arbroath East and Lunan councillor Bob Spink said: “It seems a long time now since, as a newly elected councillor and it was in my ward, I met with the then head of roads to seek improvements to the stretch of the A92 near Lunan, known as the Big Tree Bends. I met with little success then and told it would be unlikely to happen in the foreseeable future because of cost.

“Times change, though, and now after years of consultations, meetings and such like all of which I attended, we are in the final stages of the arrangements necessary to allow these long awaited physical works to commence, which hopefully will be towards the end of this year.

“The history of this piece of road has been constantly worrying and it has been the scene of many accidents, some of them sadly fatal. I will watch with great interest as the works progress towards completion and a final closure of this safety risk.”