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22 March 2018

MSPs Comment on AWPR Revised Completion Date

North-East MSPs have commented on the announcement by Cabinet Secretary Keith Brown regarding a revised timescale for the AWPR (Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route).

Both Aberdeenshire East MSP Gillian Martin and Banffshire and Buchan Coast MSP Stewart Stevenson were in the Chamber for the announcement to ask questions on its impact.

Ms Martin asked for clarification from the Scottish Government that some sections of the AWPR would open ahead of the revised final completion date.

Meanwhile, Mr Stevenson questioned previous government decisions in the last four decades on approving the long-awaited infrastructure project.

The Cabinet Secretary has now confirmed the project will be completed in the Autumn period.

Commenting, Gillian Martin MSP said:

“I share the disappointment constituents will feel with regard to the revised completion date of the AWPR. Earlier this month I contacted Aberdeen Roads Limited calling for a meeting to discuss the timetable of the stretches of the AWPR in my constituency. It is clear both Storm Frank and the collapse of Carillion have had a real impact on both staff and contractors working on this project. But it is important to bear in mind, of course, that when Labour and the Lib Dems were in power they dithered for decades and failed to build this road.

“It has only come about because of action from the SNP in government. At this crucial stage, we need all parties involved to drive the project to the finish line – and ensure we get this ambitious project finished as soon as possible.”

Commenting, Stewart Stevenson MSP said:

“The people of the North-East have been waiting many decades for the AWPR to be constructed, yet it was only because of an SNP-led government that it will now be made possible. While I understand the disappointment many people will feel from the lapsed timescale, it is important to note the efforts which have been made by both staff and the Scottish Government to deliver this project on time.”

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