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MSP calls for transparency on AWPR figures

18 February 2020

North East Labour MSP Lewis Macdonald has called on the Scottish Government to publish in full Transport Scotland’s figures on traffic flow through Aberdeen before and after the opening of the AWPR one year ago today.

Lewis said:

“Transport Scotland has quoted selectively from data they have collected, in order to show that the number of HGVs on Anderson Drive and the Parkway has fallen significantly since the opening of the AWPR.

“While that is welcome, it is clearly only one small part of the bigger picture.

"The Scottish Government should now publish all the data they have collected on changing traffic levels as a result of the AWPR, including data on journeys by private car and public transport in and around the city.

“Transparency is essential if we are to understand the impact the AWPR has had on traffic in and around Aberdeen, but even more so in assessing plans for future road and rail projects in the North East.

“I have therefore tabled parliamentary questions to Transport Secretary Michael Matheson, urging him to publish all the data collected by Transport Scotland to identify the impacts of the AWPR on traffic in and through Aberdeen.”

Parliamentary questions tabled by Lewis :

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the Transport Scotland news release of 19 February 2020, AWPR first anniversary, whether it will publish the data collected regarding HGV traffic on the A92 between Stonehaven and Blackdog before and after the opening of the AWPR.

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the Transport Scotland news release of 19 February 2020, AWPR first anniversary, whether it will publish the data collected regarding HGV traffic on the A956 between Charleston and Blackdog before and after the opening of the AWPR.

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the Transport Scotland news release of 19 February 2020, AWPR first anniversary, in light of their role as co-sponsors and co-funders of the AWPR, by what date Transport Scotland will share the full data referred to in the news release with Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire councils.

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the Transport Scotland news release of 19 February 2020, AWPR first anniversary, whether it will publish the data collected regarding the volume of (a) private car and (b) public transport journeys made in and through Aberdeen before and after the opening of the AWPR.