Peace talks may produce a solution to Aberlour road fears

A95 at Aberlour – row over timing of road improvement works

PEACE IN ABERLOUR may yet break out after a possible solution was put to BEAR Scotland over the timing of road repairs in the Moray village.

Severe disruption has resulted from long awaited repairs on the A95 through the village at a cost of £2million.

Local business owners approached Moray MSP Richard Lochhead seeking his support as fears grew over the timing of the works, which would see the disruption continue for several months through the tourist season.

Mr Lochhead said that he had sought further information from roads agency BEAR Scotland and asked if postponing part of the works until after the tourist season was feasible. Now members of the business community have put forward a possible solution to the issue – and BEAR Scotland have agreed to discuss that with Transport Scotland.

Following his discussions with BEAR Scotland managing director Brian Gordon this week, the MSP said: “I think everyone agrees that these road improvements are necessary, the question is about timing and ensuring these works can be carried out with minimal impact on the local community and economy.

“Since my initial contact with BEAR, some members of the business community have come back to me with a proposed solution, which involves the work at either end of the village being carried out now, and postponing the work in the centre of High Street until after the busy summer period to reduce disruption and ensure that tourists are not discouraged from visiting.

“My office has been in touch with BEAR Scotland and I was pleased that the Managing Director has indicated that he will talk with Transport Scotland to establish whether this proposal is an option.

“Brian Gordon assured me that all options will be explored and any proposed changes to the programme going forward will be done in consultation with the local community.”