Road improvements are called for following several crashes on A944

Gary Robertson, 20, of Lumphanan, experiences the seat belt demonstrator at the Young Driver Roadshow in Banchory.
Gary Robertson, 20, of Lumphanan, experiences the seat belt demonstrator at the Young Driver Roadshow in Banchory.

The father of a man involved in an accident on a Donside road is calling on Aberdeenshire Council to make improvements to the road before someone is killed.

Keith Alderton, of Gordon Place, Alford, said his 21-year-old son’s car had come off the road at the Comers junction – on the A944 between Sauchen and Millbank – on April 21 - and turned on its side.

His son received only minor injuries but this prompted Mr Alderton to contact Grampian Police for information relating to accidents on that corner, discovering that there had been 13 in the last 18 months (to May 2012).

”My fear is that somebody will be killed,” he said. “Most seem to be single-vehicle accidents with cars just sliding off the road in wet conditions. The council must know and have known how bad this corner is and yet no effort has been made to straighten the corner, remove the adverse camber or even put down anti-slip surface. Only in the last few weeks have temporary slippery road signs have been erected.”

Mel Edwards, principal road engineer for Aberdeenshire Council, said: “Work to re-texture this section of the A944 is expected to take place in the middle of July and we are hopeful that the results will prove as successful as in previous cases, where the process has made a very significant difference to accident rates.”

This news came shortly after a successful Young Driver Roadshow was held in Banchory, to talk through road safety issues which relate to young people.