Public turn out in force to AWPR exhibitions

AWPR Exhibition in Ellon
AWPR Exhibition in Ellon

North-east communities have shown what was described as a “remarkable” response to public exhibitions outlining plans for the Aberdeen bypass and Balmedie-Tipperty project.

More than 2000 attended several events organised over the last two weeks ahead of construction due to begin on the scheme later in the year.

Transport Minister Keith Brown announced last month that a contractor had been confirmed for the long-awaited £745 million development.

Connect Roads, a consortium of Balfour Beattie, Galliford Try (Morrison Construction) and Carillon, is the preferred bidder for the 28-mile route.

Members of the project team held 10 public exhibitions at various locations in the North-east. An event in Ellon attracted nearly 250 people.

The team provided an insight into the design and construction of the new road and the anticpated benefits it will deliver, as well as answering questions on the detail of the scheme.

The displays included detail on the route; the far-reaching benefits of the project and progress on advance works.

A Transport Scotland spokesman said: “The response to the AWPR/Balmedie-Tipperty public exhibitions has been truly remarkable and we’ve been encouraged by the overriding support for the scheme.

“These exhibitions provided an opportunity for people to remind themselves of the plans for the new road before construction begins later this year.

“The success of these public exhibitions, together with the advance works currently underway, are further evidence of our commitment to deliver the AWPR/Balmedie-Tipperty on schedule by spring, 2018.”

Following last month’s announcement, community leaders called for the work on the Balmedie-Tipperty dual carriageway project to start as soon as possible.

The AWPR is expected to create around 900 jobs during the construction phase.