1 November 2018

Following today’s statement on the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route, North East Labour MSP Lewis Macdonald said :

“It is clear from the Transport Secretary’s statement today that the 20 miles of the AWPR between Craibstone and Stonehaven could be open on Monday morning.

“The only reason that stretch of road remains closed is a contractual dispute between the Scottish Government and Aberdeen Roads Limited.

“Hundreds of millions of pounds of public money have been spent on this project, and it is unacceptable that the public are being prevented from using such a large part of this road simply because of a badly drafted contract.

“It is disappointing that the Minister is unable to provide a date when the whole of the AWPR, will be open, but it is important that the Don Crossing is completed safely before it is opened to motorists.

“The people of the North East have been waiting for 16 years for this project to come to fruition, since it was announced by then First Minister Jack McConnell in January 2003.

“The Minister must use all the powers at his disposal to force the contractors to open the AWPR south of Craibstone as soon as possible, and deliver this long-awaited project at last.”