CONSERVATIVE MEP FOR SCOTLAND

Duncan seeks A90 meeting with European Transport Commissioner

05.11.2014.

Ian Duncan MEP has today written to the European Commissioner for Transport Violeta Bulc, regarding European funding for dualling the A90 between Peterhead and Ellon. Mr Duncan is seeking the inclusion of the North of East of Scotland in the 'TEN-T Connecting Europe' programme, which aims to close the gaps between Member States' transport networks. Currently TEN-T does not reach past Edinburgh, meaning projects in the North East are not able to access the 26 billion euro of funding available.

Mr Duncan writes:

'Peterhead is of the utmost importance to the North Sea oil and gas industry. If we are to realise its potential we need to ensure it is properly connected... Peterhead is also the largest white fish port in Europe and upgrading the road would allow far greater connectivity, particularly when we consider the new, additional burden to the fishing industry from the storage and transportation of retained 'discards'. I would urge you to examine whether the scope of TEN-T can be widened to include the North of Scotland. Doing so, I believe, would aid the development of the region and help bolster our contribution to the EU’s ambitious energy security strategy as well as assist compliance with the impending discards ban'.

Mr Duncan has also written to the Coordinator of the Ten-T North Sea - Mediterranean Corridor project, Péter Balázs, seeking an urgent meeting.

Please find both letters attached.

Background

Since 1999, there have been nine fatal accidents on the Peterhead-Ellon stretch. Current Scottish Government plans to upgrade the A90 stop at Ellon. Aberdeenshire Councillor Gillian Owen has been running the 'Why Stop at Ellon?' Campaign, urging Scottish Transport Minister Keith Brown to extend A90 improvements to Peterhead.

Ten-T Connecting Europe - http://ec.europa.eu/transport/themes/infrastructure/ten-t-guidelines/pro...

Commissioner Bulc – http://ec.europa.eu/commission/2014-2019/bulc_en

Co-ordinator Baláz - http://ec.europa.eu/transport/themes/infrastructure/ten-t-guidelines/eur...

Councillor Gillian Owen Campaign - https://www.facebook.com/whystopatellon/timeline?ref=page_internal

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