MP welcomes re-opening of Auchmill Bridge

Banff and Buchan MP David Duguid has welcomed the re-opening of a local bridge that has been repaired a week ahead of schedule. 

Auchmill Bridge, just off the A947 near Plaidy, had been shut for several weeks after it was damaged in a collision with a vehicle. 

The closure happened just days before widespread flooding affected the King Edward, Banff and Gamrie areas - leaving a further six bridges either damaged or washed away altogether. 

Local residents and businesses faced lengthy detours as a result of the closure.

Scottish Conservative MP David Duguid contacted Aberdeenshire Council immediately after the closure to ask that any repair work could be carried out as quickly as possible to minimise disruption. 

Responding to news that the bridge had now opened again, Mr Duguid said: 

"I am delighted to hear that Auchmill Bridge has re-opened to traffic. 

"The closure caused significant disruption to local residents and businesses alike. 

"I have been in contact with Aberdeenshire Council officials and local ward member Mark Findlater throughout this process. 

"The council deserves credit for this swift response and action to get the road open again. 

"There are clearly several other bridges locally still awaiting full assessment and repair. 

"I was pleased to see the Scottish Government agree to provide extra funding for Aberdeenshire Council after my party colleague Peter Chapman raised the issue at First Minister's Questions last week. 

"I hope we will see the remaining damaged bridges open to traffic as soon as possible."