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S5W-20432: Liam Kerr (North East Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 7 December 2018

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the evidence given by the Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity to the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee on 5 December 2018 (Official Report, c. 29), whether it will confirm the date that the cabinet secretary’s predecessor was initially advised of potential delays to the completion of the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR); what these issues were; what action he and his officials took to ameliorate them, and what the outcome was.

Answered by: Michael Matheson 18 December 2018

My predecessor, Keith Brown MSP, the then Cabinet Secretary for Economy, Jobs and Fair Work, made an appearance at the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee on 23 May 2018 to provide an update on the AWPR/B-T project.

Furthermore, Keith Brown also met with Bill Hocking, Chief Executive of Construction & Investments of Galliford Try, one of the construction partners of Aberdeen Roads Limited (ARL) to discuss the progress of this project on 29 May 2018. This was the start of a series of meetings with ARL which continued when I assumed office in June 2018.

Officials worked closely with ARL to ensure everything that could reasonably be done was being done to ensure a timely opening.