5 December 2018
North East Labour MSP Lewis Macdonald has called for a contract variation on the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR) to be signed without further delay, after it was revealed that the newest piece of road infrastructure in the country has been lying idle since the 5th October.
In an evidence session to the Scottish Parliament’s Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee today, contractors Aberdeen Roads Ltd, Galliford Try and Balfour Beatty and Transport Secretary Michael Matheson all said the 20 miles of road linking Stonehaven with Charleston and Craibstone should be opened by the end of next week, but also confirmed that the contract variation has not yet been signed off.
Speaking after the committee meeting, Lewis Macdonald said:
“This contract variation for the AWPR must be signed immediately, if the people of the North East are to believe this latest news about when the AWPR is due to open.
“The Transport Secretary told the committee that the road was good to go on October 5th, but it has apparently taken two whole months to get to the point where the contract variation has been agreed. That is why it must be signed off without any further delay.
“Stephen Tarr from Balfour Beatty confirmed today that the AWPR is a billion-pound project, costing hundreds of millions more than was initially estimated.
“The value of the AWPR to the North East and the local economy can only be realised when the road is opened, and all parties involved must do everything in their power to ensure that the completed section is open as soon as possible.”