The Scottish Parliament’s Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee has written to Aberdeen Roads Ltd (ARL), today, calling on the contractors for the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route to give evidence to the committee on 5th December, over delays to the opening of the road and the Scottish Government’s mishandling of the contract.
North East MSP Mike Rumbles, who is a member of the committee and transport spokesperson for the Scottish Liberal Democrats, said:
“Not only has the Scottish Government bungled the contract for the road, it has misrepresented the facts of the delay.
“20 miles of completed road, between Stonehaven and Westhill, is ready for the public but cannot be opened without the contractors say-so. That is not good enough, opening the section of the road that is ready for traffic would help alleviate congestion in the city and benefit those travelling south on the A90.
“In September, local press reported that work on the bridge over the Don was far from complete, now we know that concerns were raised by the contractor as far back as April, and yet the Minister has waited until November to provide us with the details.
“The Scottish Government has been quick to blame others for every blunder and every delay, including the weather, unforeseen events and now the contractor. The truth of the matter is that the Minister has completely failed to get control of the situation.
“The AWPR is now a year overdue and it is only right that the contractor has a chance to set the record straight in front of the committee.”