‘Real an­swers’ on AWPR de­manded

Evening Express (City Final) - - News - BY ADELE MERSON

THE pub­lic de­serve “real an­swers” over the AWPR project, a north-east MSP said to­day.

Lib­eral Demo­crat MSP and trans­port spokesman Mike Rum­bles, pic­tured, has made the call as pres­sure mounts for a ma­jor sec­tion of the by­pass to be opened. It was re­vealed yes­ter­day that Trans­port Sec­re­tary Michael Mathe­son has told of­fi­cials to get the main 19.6-mile length of the road be­tween Craib­stone and Stone­haven open “as soon as pos­si­ble”. The in­ter­ven­tion comes be­fore the min­is­ter is due to give an up­date on the project in Holy­rood next week. Mr Rum­bles said: “I hope we can be as­sured that the bridge will not need rad­i­cal re­pair or com­plete re­con­struc­tion. We de­serve real an­swers and ac­count­abil­ity about this project. So far it has stum­bled from cri­sis to cri­sis. “This project must have cleared all the en­gi­neer­ing tests and late au­tumn must have been an achiev­able goal. “I hope we are able to see this project open to the pub­lic by the end of au­tumn since we have al­ready had so many changes to the open­ing date.” Trans­port bosses have main­tained the route will be open in “late au­tumn” but have re­mained tight-lipped on an ac­tual open­ing date. It was con­firmed in Au­gust that re­me­dial works were be­ing car­ried out on the new bridge, part of the AWPR, af­ter “mi­nor de­fects” were found. A Trans­port Scot­land spokesman said: “Re­me­dial work at the Don needs to be con­cluded but, in the mean­time, we have been urg­ing the con­trac­tor to con­clude their de­lib­er­a­tions on the open­ing of the 31.5km sec­tion of new road from Craib­stone to Stone­haven and Charles­ton as soon as pos­si­ble. “A pro­posal is still be­ing dis­cussed within their or­gan­i­sa­tions. “This is a com­mer­cial mat­ter for the con­trac­tor but we con­tinue to work closely with them to al­low the peo­ple of the north-east to en­joy the ben­e­fits of the new road as soon as pos­si­ble.”

Pic­ture by Dar­rell Benns with Cabro Avi­a­tion and HJS He­li­copters

Lib Dem MSP Mike Rum­bles has hit out over the AWPR project, say­ing it has ‘stum­bled from cri­sis to cri­sis’

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