Airport junctions of Aberdeen bypass to open early

Key junctions of the Aberdeen bypass are due to open by autumn 2016, more than a year before the road is fully completed.

The Craibstone and Dyce junctions near the airport, as well as the Balmedie-Tipperty section of the road, are now expected to be delivered early.

It follows the recent announcement that the bypass is due to be completed ahead of schedule.

Infrastructure secretary Keith Brown, who visited Aberdeen to make the announcement, said: “The Scottish Government is investing nearly £1 billion to bring the transport network in the north east up to 21stcentury standards, and we are determined to alleviate the congestion we see on the roads in and around Aberdeen on a daily basis. The scheme will bring around £6bn worth of benefits and 14,000 jobs to the north-east economy, and we want these benefits felt as soon as possible.

“That is why we have brought forward the completion date of the Aberdeen bypass to winter 2017, with a promise to press for a deal to bring forward other key sections of the scheme earlier too.

“I can confirm today our intention that the Craibstone and Dyce Junctions are now expected to finish by autumn 2016, and the Balmedie-Tipperty section by spring 2017. This good news will allow local plans in the Dyce Drive areas around the airport to be taken forward with certainty, and bring much needed relief to drivers accessing Aberdeen from the north of the city on the A90.”

The Craibstone and Dyce junctions at the airport will now open by autumn 2016, while the Balmedie-Tipperty section is expected to be finished by spring 2017.

The completion date for the entire £745 million project was brought forward last month to the winter of 2017.

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