Minister to attend AWPR meeting

Transport Minister Humza Yousaf
Transport Minister Humza Yousaf

Transport Minister Humza Yousaf will face local residents affected by the Aberdeen bypass work next month.

The Minister will take questions at The Sanctuary, Cults Parish Church, from 5.30pm to 7.30pm on Monday, January 30.

It follows pressure from local Conservative MSPs on behalf of a large number of local people who have encountered difficulties with the work.

Earlier this month the Scottish Government admitted that the Balmedie-Tipperty section of the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route could be delayed by nearly a year.

The northern end of the project was due to be finished early, in Spring 2017, with the main part of the works scheduled for completion in Winter 2017/18.

Scottish Conservative MSP Ross Thomson, who organised the meeting, said: “This is something that the North East team of Scottish Conservative MSPs have been working towards for several months now.

“We wanted the Minister to come up to the North East and see for himself some of the difficulties that local residents have faced, but also to meet those affected and hear first hand their concerns.

“Clearly with a project of this size, there will always be some problems, but many residents feel that their views have simply been ignored.

“The government knew for a month that there was a delay before informing parliament, despite my colleagues asking direct questions about the timeline during that period and being told everything was fine.

“That’s simply not good enough.”