22 July 2019

Fordoun road reopens early after November closure

A local road in Fordoun has reopened ahead of schedule after closing for repairs in November 2018.

The road was closed due to footway subsidence and repairs were expected to last for 18 months.

The closed road section was on the C3K between Station Road and Old Aberdeen Road. It reopened on Monday July 15. The road is reduced to single lane operation with temporary traffic lights in place.

The reopening of the road will allow residents travelling on the B966 to better access the local area around the town of Fordoun without diversion.

The council is working to complete various road works in the Fordoun area. The repairs completed on the C3K are not associated with any work being carried out on Abbeyton Bridge. The bridge was demolished in December 2018 to prevent its collapse onto the East Coast Main Line railway below.

Cllr Peter Argyle, Aberdeenshire Council’s Infrastructure Services Committee chair, said: “It is great news that this road has reopened sooner than initially anticipated. I would like to thank residents and businesses for their patience whilst the works were being completed and commend the council’s engineers and our partners on ensuring the road reopened sooner than planned.”

Committee vice chair, Cllr John Cox, said: “Decisions to close roads are never taken lightly, as they can cause disruption to local communities. However, the council has an important duty to ensure motorists are as safe as possible on Aberdeenshire’s roads. Anyone who is aware of a road maintained by the council that needs repairing is encouraged to report it to the council as soon as possible.”

To let us know if there is a road that requires maintenance, visit the Aberdeenshire Council website https://online.aberdeenshire.gov.uk/apps/roadfaults/ to make an online report. You can also keep up to date with road closures across Aberdeenshire via the free myAberdeenshire app.