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Changes to Fochabers roundabout lane markings welcomed


By Alan Beresford

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NEW lane markings are to be installed at the Fochabers east roundabout after years of concerns from motorists that the existing ones were confusing.

Moray MP Douglas Ross. Picture: James Mackenzie
Moray MP Douglas Ross. Picture: James Mackenzie

With many reports of collisions and near misses at the roundabout, Moray MP Douglas Ross has consistently raised concerns with Transport Scotland about the road markings on the approach.

Transport Scotland have now written to the local MP to confirm that they will instal new lane markings on the approach to the roundabout.

Mr Ross said: “This is something that people have repeatedly been calling for over a number of years and I’m disappointed it has taken the roads authorities so long to accept the problem and address it.

"I’ve been in contact with Transport Scotland about this many times over the years so I am pleased that improved markings will finally be added at this location.

“Too often, drivers approaching the roundabout from Buckie have not known which lane to be in when heading to Fochabers, resulting in bumps and many near misses. Transport Scotland have said that the new design for the roundabout markings are now complete and the lining works will be carried out shortly and I know this will be welcomed by many people who have been calling for something to be done for so long.”

Councillor Marc Macrae. Picture: Lyn MacDonald
Councillor Marc Macrae. Picture: Lyn MacDonald

Councillor Marc Macrae (Fochabers/Lhanbryde) added: “I welcome that Transport Scotland continued to liaise with Moray Council over this roundabout, and in particular the connections from the A98 and have now produced a new design for the roundabout layout.

"There have been several knocks and almost daily near misses with vehicles using the wrong lanes at this roundabout, which following the re-lining will hopefully be a thing of the past."


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