Missed AWPR deadline shows Minister playing catch up

Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP has today said that the SNP are playing catch up after one of the contractors working on the Aberdeen bypass project revealed that, despite ministerial assurances, the Aberdeen bypass will be delayed until the summer.

At the 24 January meeting of the Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee, following questioning from Mr Rumbles, Economy Secretary Keith Brown claimed that the current timetable to open the road in spring 2018 was still in place. Transport Scotland’s website originally reported that the AWPR ‘is expected to open in winter 2017/18’.

Mr Rumbles said:

“After months of SNP waffle, Balfour Beatty has finally revealed what we all suspected: this project is not going to be finished when the Government said it would. Instead it appears the minister has been left playing catch up.

“These delays will impact on thousands of commuters and local people eagerly waiting on the road’s opening. People in the North East are right to be suspicious of SNP claims that infrastructure projects are on time and in budget.

“The Economy Secretary needs to quit his obfuscation and make clear when the already overdue AWPR project will actually open.”

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