Contractor for £745m Aberdeen bypass revealed

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Last week Transport Minister Keith Brown revealed the contractors who will be responsible for the long-awaited Aberdeen bypass project.

The £745m Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route, which includes a 12km stretch between Blackdog and Tipperty, has been awarded to Connect Roads.

The consortium made up of Balfour Beatty, Galliford Try and Carillion was announced by Mr Brown from a site on the Findon Junction on the A90 where work has begun.

Mr Brown said: “This is great news for the people of Aberdeen and the north-east and underlines our commitment to reversing years of under investment which has led to the kinds of pressures we see on the road network in and around Aberdeen every day.

“Over the next three decades, our investment in the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route project is expected to bring in an additional £6 billion to the local economy and create around 14,000 new jobs.”

Leader of Aberdeenshire Council, Jim Gifford, added: “The confirmation of a preferred bidder is an important step in this development.

“The project will bring north and north-west Aberdeenshire businesses closer to their marketplace, and allow expanded access to job opportunities.

“We also see the AWPR as having an important function in improving road safety through the removal of traffic from many of our rural roads in Aberdeenshire while also linking key locations with an improved standard of road network.”

An ACSEF spokesperson said: “The scheme is a key piece of infrastructure for the north-east which will support the local economy, boost investment into the area and create hundreds of new construction jobs.”