A90 Aberdeen Western Peripheral

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Scheme details

Under construction
Bypass or realignment for use by all traffic
£ 395m
Transport Scotland
Region: Scotland
Scottish Executive and local authorities
29 km
18 miles

Construction of a new dual two-lane grade separated bypass to carry the A90 around the western side of Aberdeen. This scheme constitutes the longest length of road under construction in the UK.

Its progression through the statutory planning process was particularly difficult and subject to a number of revisions to the road scheme and legal challenges from activists and others who were opposed to the road being built.

The northern section went to an extra consultation stage, and was eventually confirmed as taking a slightly circuitous route around the north of Aberdeen to rejoin the existing A90.

At the southern end, a section called the "fast link" will connect to the Stonehaven Bypass. This part has been particularly criticised for connecting to the existing A90 at Stonehaven with a low-standard junction, and for connecting to the rest of the Western Peripheral at a flat roundabout junction.

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14 April 2003 'Central' route is chosen for the northern section of the bypass.
14 October 2004 The Scottish Executive has now given approval for this route to go ahead.
14 April 2005 The preferred route is the source of much controversy (see links below) as it runs through the grounds of a special needs school.
14 December 2005 The full route has now been chosen, avoiding the special needs school that was the source of much controversy. The new route will include a southern section linking directly to the A90 Stonehaven Bypass.
14 May 2006 The Scottish Executive announces that the preferred route will include the southern 'fast link' to the A90 Stonehaven Bypass.
14 December 2006 Draft Special Road orders are published for the new road, which marks the start of the formal public consultation. It is also announced that the southern 'fastlink' connection to the A90 Stonehaven Bypass will be dual carriageway, and not single carriageway with overtaking lanes as originally announced.
14 June 2008
23 April 2009 The BBC reports that 'ministers are not likely to be able to determine an appropriate route for the planned Aberdeen bypass until the summer'.
21 December 2009
9 May 2010 Reports of legal challenge by Road Sense campaign group could push the VERY optimistic completion date of 2012 back another year, according to the Press & Journal.
21 May 2010
5 January 2011 A legal challenge to the bypass is to be heard in the Court of Session in February 2011.
23 February 2011 The legal challenge to the bypass by campaign group Road Sense began yesterday.
11 August 2011 The legal challenge to the new road has been rejected. It is not yet known whether or not the objectors will appeal against the decision.
31 August 2011 Campaign group Road Sense has voted in favour of a new legal challenge to the bypass. Meanwhile, an online petition calling on Road Sense to allow the bypass to proceed has already gathered over 8,000 signatures.
8 September 2011 Road Sense's new legal challenge may not reach court until 2013, according to the Scottish Courts Service. Meanwhile, the online petition in favour of the bypass has now gathered over 13000 signatures.
14 September 2011 A date has been set for Road Sense's latest appeal against the AWPR, after Scottish ministers pressed for the case to be considered as a matter of urgency. The court hearing will now take place in Edinburgh from 13-16 December 2011. The appeal may still be dropped if the anti-road campaigners are unable to secure an agreement to have their legal expenses capped.
30 October 2011 The appeal hearing will go ahead in December, after a judge agreed that the legal costs of the objectors would be met.
29 February 2012 The latest legal challenge to the new road has failed, it was announced today.
1 March 2012 Roadsense has until 1st April 2012 to appeal against the decision. After that there should be nothing stopping from building the bypass.
12 April 2012 Press reports indicate that Road Sense will take their appeal to the Supreme Court.
17 April 2012 Although the appeal lodged by the opponents of the scheme has been thrown out by Scottish courts, Road Sense now plans to take the case to the UK Supreme Court.
29 April 2012 The UK Supreme Court hearing will take place on 9-10 July 2012.
30 October 2014 Work has now started with demolition of houses on the line of the road at Milltimber Brae.
20 February 2015 The official start of construction was marked by a visit from the First Minister on 16 February 2015, according to the Transport Scotland website.
12 February 2016 Local media are reporting that construction is approximately 50% complete.

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More information

Official website
Transport Scotland: Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route/Balmedie to Tipperty
News story
BBC News: Deal reached on route for bypass
BBC News: Petition against Aberdeen bypass objection gets support

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With thanks to Chris Fletcher, Jonathan, Owen Rudge, Matt the Pie, Al, Gerry McKenna and Michael Pritchard for information on this page.

This scheme was last updated on 14 February 2016.