AWPR to bring major benefits to road users

AWPR Exhibition in Ellon
AWPR Exhibition in Ellon

Residents in Ellon were given the opportunity to find out more about the plans and expected benefits from the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route/Balmedie-Tipperty Scheme last week.

Organisers said that they were pleased with the turnout at the public exhibition which took place last Wednesday at the town’s New Inn.

A Transport Scotland spokesman said: “We have been delighted with the interest shown by the community in Ellon. The exhibition, which is another opportunity to remind the public about our plans for the road, was attended by nearly 250 people who had a chance to see and hear from our engineers and ask any questions about the scheme details.”

The project will include 55km of new off-line dual carriageway, 22km of slip roads, two major river crossings as well as around 75 other bridges.

Over the last two years works have been carried out to provide new habitats for different species including setts for badgers, roosts for bats and dreys for red squirrels among other animals.

Residents in Ellon as well as commuters that pass through the town are expected to enjoy major benefits after the project is completed.

The spokesman added: “The Balmedie-Tipperty project, along with the AWPR will bring enormous benefits for road users both locally as well as across the north east. The scheme which is on schedule for completion in spring 2018 will help reduce congestion as well as provide a fully dualled A90 from Ellon south to Aberdeen and beyond.”

Expected benefits set to come after the project include major improvements to transport, the economy and congestion as well as hopes to improve road safety with around 80 fewer accidents expected on our roads each year by 2017.