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Residents raise a number of concerns over Keithhall road safety


By David Porter

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Locals living in and around the hamlet of Keithhall near Inverurie have taken a petition to Aberdeenshire Council which will be heard by members of the Garioch Area Committee next week.

Keithhall residents have complained that the speed signs are far to close to the entrance to the school site.
Keithhall residents have complained that the speed signs are far to close to the entrance to the school site.

In it they list a string of issues which they say need to be considered as vital and urgent improvements to the B933 road.

Starting at the Inverurie High Street/St Mary's Place junction, there are concerns over the timing provided on the traffic lights, the lack of any white lines on the road surface for many years and the continual issued caused at the turning into the business units by traffic trying to enter from the town side.

They also point out the perennial issue of flooding at the railway bridge has not been resolved despite works being carried out as this occurs on an almost annual basis.

The railway bridge underpass is subject to repeated flooding.
The railway bridge underpass is subject to repeated flooding.

Considerable concerns are also raised over the older Urie Bridge which provides the only crossing point over the river.

The route is popular with walkers but is unsafe as there is no footway, the visibility for drivers is obscured by trees on the Keithhall side and unlike many single lane bridges there is no priority in place for traffic heading uphill on the route.

The single track Urie Bridge
The single track Urie Bridge

It is also pointed out after the recent snow that there is no safety barrier at the bottom of the 1 in 10 steep hill and vehicles have been known to come off the road at the junction to Kinkell Church.

A particular concern is the short zoning of the 40mph which many feel is far to close to the entrance for the school and should be moved beyond the first of the houses approaching from the Inverurie side.

Councillors will be asked to consider the issues raised and to initiate a report by the Head of Roads and Landscaping before any decisions are made.


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