Drivers warned to slow down

Councillor Rosemary Bruce with Penny and Richard Curtis at the Upper Lochton junction
Councillor Rosemary Bruce with Penny and Richard Curtis at the Upper Lochton junction

Drivers ignoring a speed limit in Banchory have been urged to slow down.

Residents fear there will be serious accident near the Upper Lochton junction unless motorists start heeding the 30mph zone. The limit was introduced last October.

People living in Raemoir Road have contacted local councillor Rosemary Bruce.

Councillor Bruce said: “I witness on a regular basis vehicles not slowing down as they approach the 30mph zone towards Banchory and speeding above 30 mph before they leave Banchory on the A980 Raemoir Road.

“There used to be a 40mph section before drivers reached the national speed limit, but that was removed some months ago and the speed limit is now 30mph until some distance beyond the Upper Lochton turning and drivers should be well aware of this change.

“It is alarming the speed at which some motorists drive along this stretch of road.”

The councillor has been in contact with police and the local roads team.

Local resident Richard Curtis said: “There’s all this extra development going on around here and it’s only a matter of time before there’s a serious accident.”

Inspector Matt Smith, of Marr Community Policing Team, said: “We have been made aware of community concerns about the speed of vehicles entering Banchory from the A980.

“We will look to place some speed recording equipment at that location to collate information about the extent of the problem and thereafter local officers assisted by Road Policing will carry out some enforcement checks.

“Banchory is a busy town and with so many junctions near to that location I would plea to motorists to keep their speed appropriate and within legal limits.”

An Aberdeenshire Council spokesman said: “Additional speed reducing measures such as speed limit countdown markers or 30mph repeater signs have been considered, but this particular site does not meet the criteria outlined in national guidance.

“Nevertheless we will carry out further speed monitoring when resources and competing priorities allow.

“The council is approaching nearby property owners to ask them to address tall hedges and overgrown vegetation and does have enforcement powers available to deal with the issue if necessary.”