AWPR opening delayed until autumn 2018

Credit: Ian K Hardie

The opening of the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR) has been pushed back to the autumn.

It had been hoped that the £745 million project would be completed this spring, but that has now been delayed due to the disruption caused by Storm Frank during winter 2015/16.

The extreme weather experienced this winter and the collapse of Carillion have also impacted the opening date.

Economy secretary Keith Brown accepted that the delayed opening date would come as a big disappointment to the people of the north east, but praised the contractors for getting the project to its current state in the face of such harsh weather.

“I understand how highly anticipated this project is for those living and working in the region and the patience local communities have shown during the construction process, I would like to thank them for their continued patience as we enter the final stages of the project,” Mr Brown commented.  

Under the terms of the contract, contractor ARL will not receive payment for the AWPR project until a section of the road is open to traffic.

The AWPR project was first announced in January 2003, but construction didn’t begin until February 2015.

Once complete, the dual carriageway will create an alternative route from north to south Aberdeen, bypassing the city and reducing congestion.

It is expected to generate over £6 billion for the local economy, with an anticipated 14,000 new jobs to follow over the first 30 years after the scheme opens.

Ben Robb, brand manager at Dieselink, added: “The AWPR will improve connectivity in the region, providing better journey time reliability, especially for those travelling from the north of the city to the south side.”

Credit: Ian K Hardie