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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-18580: Liam Kerr (North East Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 5 September 2018

To ask the Scottish Government whether it will confirm by what date it expects the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR) to be fully open, in light of the comment by the First Minister on 4 September 2018 (Official Report, c. 16) that it "will be fully open by the end of the year" and the assertion in its Programme for Government that it "will be fully open to traffic this autumn", and whether it considers the First Minister's comment to be a guarantee that the AWPR will be fully operational on 31 December 2018.

Answered by: Michael Matheson 13 September 2018

Sections of the scheme are already opened to traffic, for example Craibstone and Dyce junctions at Aberdeen Airport and the 7km section of dual carriageway between Blackdog and Parkhill (Goval). More recently the section between Balmedie and Tipperty opened on 15 August 2018.

Transport Scotland is working closely with the contractor to bring forward sections of the project as soon as they are available and safe to open to traffic. The AWPR/B-T is expected to fully open to traffic in late Autumn 2018.