Right turn ban at Lochlands Junction

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Bear Scotland is to make safety improvements to the Lochlands Junction of the A90.

The £45,000 alterations will mean that in the future drivers leaving Forfar will no longer be able to turn right onto the northbound carriageway. Instead they will have to leave the town via the Glamis Junction or to drive south to the Spittalburn interchange (B9127) before turning north on the A90.

Turning towards Forfar from the south will continue to be permitted.

Work to implement the changes will begin on January 31 and last for four weeks.

The works will also include realignment of the traffic island and kerb lines on the A932, improved lining and signs including a speed activated sign on the southbound A90.

These works are being progressed after consultation with Angus Council and Tayside Police and are intended to maximise road safety and reduce accident potential whilst minimising impact on drivers.

This initiative will improve safety at the junction and contribute to the overall casualty reductions targets set out by the Government and outlined in Transport Scotland’s Strategic Road Safety Plan.

The roadworks to implement the changes will take place between 9.30 am and 3.30 pm, Monday to Friday.

Temporary traffic management including lane closures will be in place during these times but will be removed from the A90 during peak traffic hours to minimise delays.

There will also be similar traffic management restrictions on the A932 at the junction with the A90 over this period.

Eddie Ross, Consultancy Manager at BEAR Scotland Limited, said: “Road safety is paramount to Transport Scotland and BEAR. Accidents involving right turns out of the A932 are the most common type at this junction, and following a review of available options, the banned right turn out of the junction is considered to offer a good potential accident saving with minimum impact to motorists.

“Although the works are being carried out off-peak to minimise disruption to road users, some delays may be experienced and we would encourage drivers to plan their journeys in advance, allowing extra time for travel.”

Angus Council’s roads spokesman, Councillor David May welcomed the news that work is to start on road safety improvements to the existing A90 Lochlands junction for Forfar.

Councillor May said: “The Council was supportive of safety improvements at this junction and I am delighted that our views were taken on board by the Government and that these measures are to be implemented.”

“The A90 Lochlands junction urgently needed a radical overhaul - the number of serious accidents demanded that action be taken. I welcome the steps being proposed by Transport Scotland and BEAR Scotland, which should go some way to improve road safety at this location.”

The roadworks will be carried out and supervised by BEAR Scotland Limited.