Date lodged: 18 January 2018
To ask the Scottish Government by what date the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR) will be open to traffic.
Answered by: Keith Brown 1 February 2018
I previously stated that the AWPR was scheduled to open this Spring and indeed, work has been progressing at pace in recent months. However, following the announcement that Carillion filed for insolvency on 15 January, it is important that we now take the necessary time to work closely with ARL to identify any impacts on delivery. Although the announcement does not in itself affect project delivery timescales, it may take some weeks to determine whether there will be any indirect impact on the sub-contracting supply chain. Our thoughts meantime are with the Carillion workers affected by this announcement. On 17 January I had a constructive meeting with representatives from the STUC, Unite and GMB unions and assured them that we are doing all we can to minimise job losses. I asked union representatives to encourage any members with concerns to contact our helplines which have been set up for apprentices, employees and companies for support and advice. Should it be necessary we stand ready to support any affected employees through our Partnership Action for Continuing Employment (PACE) initiative which aims to minimise the time individuals affected by redundancy are out of work.