‘Real answers’ on AWPR demanded
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.”
Lib Dem MSP Mike Rumbles has hit out over the AWPR project, saying it has ‘stumbled from crisis to crisis’