The Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR) will provide a new strategic route to improve travel in and around Aberdeen and the north east of Scotland and take through traffic away from the city.
The route is backed by the Scottish Government and is being developed by Transport Scotland, in partnership with Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Councils.
Aberdeen Roads Limited has continued to progress works since the start of construction in February 2015 along the full length of the route from Stonehaven at the southern end of the new road to Tipperty at the northern most point. This involves building 58 km of new road, 22 km of new slip roads, two new river crossings, and some 150 other structures to support the route.
The AWPR will have a significant impact on the operation of the road network within the North East. The sections of the current Trunk Road network within the boundaries of the AWPR will be detrunked on completion of the route and the relief afforded by the AWPR will provide an opportunity to implement measures to “lock in the benefits” for sustainable modes. Nestrans has continued to work with the Councils to consider how the road hierarchy should change and to identify integrated measures to lock in the benefits. A public consultation on a new roads hierarchy for the City post AWPR was recently undertaken. In the past year Nestrans has contributed to the costs of developing a signing strategy for local roads and the preliminary design of strategic signage.
Temporary diversions and traffic management measures including average speed cameras on the A90 at Charleston have been put in place as required and detailed traffic management flyers and press releases are regularly published in respect of planned works affecting all the key road corridors.
Every effort continues to be made to minimise disruption to road users and local communities during construction. The Contact and Education Space, located at the main site office (Stonehaven) is open to the general public.
Visit Transport Scotland’s website to view current progress on the project.
You can also sign up receive AWPR updates from Transport Scotland via email and receive their Route Ahead Newsletter.