North East MSP and Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Mike Rumbles has demanded to know which minister was responsible for signing off the contract for the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route, after the Scottish Government announced yesterday that a 31.5km of completed road between Cairbstone and Stonehaven cannot be opened because of an agreement with the contractor.
Scottish Government transport minister Michael Matheson told MSPs yesterday that the road would remain closed until the contractor agreed to changes to the original contract or lengthy repair work on the bridge crossing the Don was complete.
No date was confirmed but work on the bridge is expected to continue until at least the end of 2018.
Mr Rumbles said: “The Scottish Government’s incompetent handing of the AWPR project has been an utter disgrace.
“The transport minster’s statement this week is the fifth time in 18 months that ministers have come before parliament to announce a significant delay to the opening date.
“The minister also confirmed what many people have been saying for months, that the majority of the road is ready to be opened to the public but a bungled agreement with the contractor has tied the Scottish Government’s hands.
“People in the North East deserve to know the facts but most of all they just want the road finished. The Scottish Government need to stop passing the blame onto others, come clean and get the completed sections opened straight away.”