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February 18 2019

Aberdeen bypass sparks city centre renewal hopes

Transport Scotland are to open the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route to road traffic from tomorrow with completion of the final 4.5-mile section connecting Craibstone and Parkhill.

Construction work was completed by Galliford Try following the collapse of Carillion last year, mid-way through delivery of the £745m infrastructure project, compounding a series of delays and defects which have plagued the project since work first began back in 2015.

Aberdeen City Council co-leader Douglas Lumsden commented: “The premise of the city centre as a destination rather than a thoroughfare will become far more appealing and the City Council is supporting that with developments that are bringing positive change to Aberdeen’s traditional heart.”

The 36-mile route has been steadily opened in stages with motorists urged to drive with caution while they become accustomed to the new route.
 

7 Comments

Daniel
#1 Posted by Daniel on 19 Feb 2019 at 09:06 AM
Unless, of course, it improves access for or opens up cheap land for more out-of-town retail/offices/leisure...
We are all Carrilionaires
#2 Posted by We are all Carrilionaires on 19 Feb 2019 at 09:41 AM
Were Balfour Beastly not also involved in the joint venture
Karmadillo
#3 Posted by Karmadillo on 20 Feb 2019 at 08:47 AM
#2 Yup, they were. Both with GT less £140m each out their pockets on this snowballing failure.
Fat Bloke on Tour
#4 Posted by Fat Bloke on Tour on 20 Feb 2019 at 10:54 AM
Is it possible that the planners / designers / felt tip fairies could have produced a more contrived, partial and limited set of junctions?

Road design in Scotland / UK is currently a joke with the concept of free-flow traffic now being forgotten at the altar of roundabouts, junctions and wild goose chases.

Hopefully the workmanship is better than recent projects in the central belt -- the M73 / M74 upgrade was phoned in by the guide dog.
Islands of sanity
#5 Posted by Islands of sanity on 21 Feb 2019 at 13:07 PM
#4. Please give credit to where it is due. In this case it is road engineers.
Fat Bloke on Tour
#6 Posted by Fat Bloke on Tour on 25 Feb 2019 at 10:04 AM
No matter what they call themselves their output is tripe.

Why all the roundabouts in the design of this road -- is free-flow traffic something to be discouraged?

Is the concept of a grade separated junction now beyond the imagination of the planners or has value engineering now become an end in itself?

Road is a joke.
Fat Bloke on Tour
#7 Posted by Fat Bloke on Tour on 25 Feb 2019 at 10:06 AM
Given the lack of grade separated junctions at strategic points throughout the new road -- three at least missing -- was the cost on CO2 never taken into account, plus the lost time and the increased risk of accidents?

Whoever managed this project phoned it in.

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