Date lodged: 9 November 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what investment in roads in Aberdeen, Aberdeenshire and Moray it plans to ensure that the North East 250 tourist route has the capacity to handle any increase in traffic.
Answered by: Humza Yousaf 23 November 2017
The Scottish Government welcomes industry-led initiatives where these can help boost sustainable growth and encourage visitors to specific areas of the country. The recently launched North East 250 is an example of such a private sector development which aims to boost tourism in Moray and Aberdeenshire.
Neither Transport Scotland nor any other Scottish Government bodies were involved in the North East 250 development, and the majority of the route uses the local road network, as such responsibility for any improvement lies with the respective local authorities.
The Scottish Government is making significant investment in Aberdeen City and Shire by delivering improvements on the A90 through the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route and the Balmedie to Tipperty upgrade. The Scottish Government is also committed to delivering improvements to the A90/A96 Haudagain Roundabout, delivering a grade separated junction at Laurencekirk and also the dualling of the A96 between Aberdeen and Inverness by 2030.