Responding to the Scottish Government's statement on delays to the opening of sections of the AWPR, Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP said:
"The Scottish Government has made a mess of this contract and now miles of completed bypass are going to be sitting empty.
"Ministers need to take responsibility and stop blaming contractors, the weather or public safety concerns, when the road is physically ready to go.
"How is it that parliamentarians and journalists knew about these delays weeks ago yet the Minister only found out on Friday?
"The Minister claims to have been working "tirelessly" but it’s clear he's been bypassed by the contractors."