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Safety concerns lead to pedestrian crossing for Kintore road

By Kyle Ritchie

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A pedestrian crossing is to be installed on a busy road in Kintore following safety concerns.

Councillor Glen Reid has been campaigning to make Gauchhill Road safer, particularly for school pupils in the community.

Aberdeenshire Council carried out a review, which included a traffic speed analysis.

The criteria was met for a zebra crossing to be installed, which will be situated between Gauchhill and Melrose Place.

Councillor Glen Reid at Gauchill Road in Kintore where the pedestrian crossing will be installed.
Councillor Glen Reid at Gauchill Road in Kintore where the pedestrian crossing will be installed.

Councillor Reid said: "I have been campaigning for this for some time.

"I asked council roads officers once before to assess Gauchhill Road. The traffic analysis was carried out and they said the speeds of the vehicles didn't justify it.

"However, I pushed for it again as I knew year-on-year more and more children were going to Midmill Primary School, who cross there and I also had complaints from residents about the speed of traffic on the road.

"I kept pushing the officers requesting that this needed to be looked at again.

"The review was carried out just when the schools went back after the summer holidays in the middle of August.

"The results came back and it was found that the road met the criteria for a pedestrian crossing, which is great for the community.

"The council officers indicated that they are confident that the crossing will be installed by the end of this financial year."

The design is currently being developed and the local authority is looking to implement the zebra crossing between Gauchhill and Melrose Place.

Following the installation, approach speeds of traffic will be monitored to see if its amber beacons will have a positive effect on speed reduction.

If this proves not to be the case, then other traffic calming measures will be investigated for the road.

Councillor Reid added: "The traffic speeds that were outlined in the review were very worrying.

"It found the majority of vehicles on that stretch of road, when the analysis was done, were speeding.

"There have been concerns from parents of Midmill pupils for a while, so I knew it was needed.

"I will be pushing that the council gets this implemented as soon as possible."

An Aberdeenshire Council spokesman said: “Recent assessments have been carried out in accordance with our pedestrian crossings policy and this location is one of several which has met the criteria for a zebra crossing.

"We are currently working on the crossing and lighting design and are confident that this new infrastructure will be of benefit to the community promoting both road safety and safer active travel.”

Roads officers will now consult with local community groups after which they will amend the design of the crossing as required, if practicable, and carry out the installation on site.

Meanwhile, councillor Reid said he has requested a review be carried out at Forest Road after residents expressed concerns.

He has also managed to get traffic calming for Blackburn and a school traffic review has just been completed for Newmachar.

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