Hauda­gain ‘progress’

Roads: Trans­port chiefs in­sist work pro­gress­ing well de­spite by­pass de­lays

The Press and Journal (Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire) - - FRONT PAGE - BY CALUM ROSS

Bid to ease con­ges­tion

Trans­port chiefs have sig­nalled that preparatory work is “pro­gress­ing well” on a scheme to ease con­ges­tion at Aberdeen’s Hauda­gain Round­about.

It was re­vealed last night that pro­cure­ment is “well un­der way” on the £30mil­lion up­grade of the pinch­point in the Mid­dle­field area of the city.

The re­as­sur­ances were of­fered af­ter con­cerns were ex­pressed about the im­pact of a po­ten­tial de­lay to the open­ing date for the city’s long-awaited western by­pass.

A new link road has been pro­posed to take pres­sure off the round­about, and work was due to start when the Aberdeen Western Pe­riph­eral Route (AWPR) was com­pleted this spring.

But the col­lapse of key con­trac­tor Car­il­lion has cast doubt over the open­ing date for the by­pass, lead­ing north-east MSP Peter Chap­man to warn yes­ter­day of “fur­ther de­lays” to the Hauda­gain scheme.

The Scot­tish Con­ser­va­tive said: “The Balme­die-Tip­perty sec­tion of the AWPR was sup­posed to be open to traf­fic last spring, and that has still not hap­pened, and we are just a few months away from the over­all com­ple­tion date.

“Busi­nesses and com­muters want cer­tainty on when this project will be fin­ished. There is also the is­sue of the Hauda­gain up­grade in Aberdeen. Work to ad­dress con­ges­tion at that no­to­ri­ous bot­tle­neck won’t start un­til the AWPR is com­plete. That means fur­ther de­lays – not just to the by­pass, but to the very im­por­tant work within the city as well.”

Mr Chap­man added: “Peo­ple in the north­east have been wait­ing for a long time for these im­prove­ments, and it is high time the gov­ern­ment gave us a clear idea of when we can ex­pect work to come to an end.”

How­ever, Trans­port Scot­land in­sisted last night that the Hauda­gain work was al­ready mov­ing for­ward.

A spokesman said: “We are con­tin­u­ing to work closely with Aberdeen Roads Lim­ited to iden­tify any im­pacts on de­liv­ery fol­low­ing Car­il­lion’s an­nounce­ment ear­lier this year. We will then con­sider the nec­es­sary mit­i­ga­tion that may arise as a con­se­quence of this is­sue, if re­quired.

“The main con­struc­tion work on the A90/A96 Hauda­gain Im­prove­ment Project is planned to get un­der way fol­low­ing the open­ing of the Aberdeen Western Pe­riph­eral Route. Work to bring Hauda­gain for­ward is pro­gress­ing well, with the pro­cure­ment well un­der way.”

Pho­to­graph by Kenny El­rick

HOTSPOT: Pro­cure­ment work is now ‘well un­der way’ on the £30mil­lion scheme to up­grade the Hauda­gain Round­about in Aberdeen.

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