In a statement to the Scottish Parliament this afternoon, the First Minister Nicola Sturgeon confirmed that the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route ‘will be fully open by the end of the year’, despite claims by ministers in March that the new road would be completed by ‘late autumn 2018’.
Responding to the announcement, North East MSP and Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Mike Rumbles said: “What a shambles. It is clear that the Scottish Government has lost all control over the project and ministers have no idea when the road will be ready.
“The new date, which will come as surprise to some, is the fourth date set by the Scottish Government this year alone and signals more than a seven month delay to the project. It also contradicts the information the Economy Minister Keith Brown provided to Parliament in the spring, that the road would open this autumn.
“This is not the first time the Scottish Government has tried to rewrite history by brushing over a substantial delay to the AWPR but for many local people and businesses the delay will be very disappointing and very costly.
“The new Transport Minister must provide a clear plan to open the road with a realistic completion date, as soon as possible.”