HC Deb 17 June 1997 vol 296 cc100-1
3. Mr. Swinney

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will undertake an urgent review of road safety on the A90 with particular reference to the Forfar, Angus stretch. [2331]

The Parliamentary Under-Secretary of State for Scotland (Mr. Malcolm Chisholm)

Road safety at the Glamis and Kirriemuir junctions on the A90 Forfar bypass is closely monitored on a regular basis. Additional signing has recently been approved and will be installed shortly.

Mr. Swinney

Will the Minister find time in his busy day to take the opportunity, as I did yesterday, to view five minutes of video footage from Tayside police showing some of the horrors that take place at those two junctions? There is an urgent need for a safety review and a medium-term strategy for a graded junction to be built, including an underpass. Will the Minister give a commitment that the Government will consider that as an early priority?

Mr. Chisholm

I will, of course, look at the video footage. I am concerned about the number of accidents that have occurred at the junctions in spite of numerous accident investigations and prevention measures, including the new one to which I referred. I shall also look at the case for grade separation. Let me say more generally that safety will be a key criterion in the roads review to be announced later this week.