15 March 2018
North East Labour MSP Lewis Macdonald today called on the Scottish Government to set a “firm and final” date for the completion of the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route, after Balfour Beatty revealed to shareholders that the project would not be completed before Summer 2018.
Lewis said :
“The Scottish Government has a lot of questions to answer over this latest delay to the AWPR project.
"Keith Brown answered my parliamentary question on 1 March to say that the road would be finished by the Spring, but now it turns out that is not going to happen.
“Instead of Ministers telling MSPs about this new delay, the news only came out because Balfour Beatty told their shareholders that the project was now due for completion in the summer.
“I have tabled parliamentary questions today to try to establish the truth behind this delay, and to demand that Ministers now set a firm and final date when the AWPR will be open to use.”
Written questions tabled by Lewis :
To ask the Scottish Government whether it will provide an update on what the planned completion date is for the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR) and, if this has changed, when it did so.
To ask the Scottish Government whether the planned completion date of the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR) is later than Spring 2018 and, if so, whether it advised Balfour Beatty that it could release that information to shareholders before ministers informed the Parliament.
Answer to Lewis Macdonald MSP’s parliamentary question on 1 March 2018:
To ask the Scottish Government in which month it anticipates the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route will be fully open.
Answered by Keith Brown (01/03/2018):
We have always been clear about the timescale for this project. I have previously stated the intention to open the AWPR this Spring and indeed, on a recent site visit, I saw for myself that work has been progressing in recent months and the new road is now clearly visible to local communities.
However, it is becoming apparent that Carillion’s announcement may have some impact on this programme indirectly through the effect on the supply chain and we are working closely with Aberdeen Roads Limited to mitigate those impacts where we can.
Clearly, on a site like this, extreme weather events such as Storm Frank in 2015 and this week’s exceptional weather conditions will have consequential impacts on progress. However, we are continuing to work with the contractor and our stakeholders, with a view to delivering the benefits associated with opening sections of the project as soon as it is safe to do so.