Nestrans is pleased to announce that following on from this weeks ruling from the Supreme Court, Transport Scotland has taken immediate steps to start delivering the long-awaited Aberdeen West Peripheral Route.
The judgment on Wednesday means Transport Scotland and local authority partners Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Councils can press on with the much-needed project for the north east.
And the publication today of the Prior Information Notice (PIN) for the AWPR and the adjoining Balmedie-Tipperty project signals the start of procurement and engagement with the construction industry.
A further notice will be published in the Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) early next year, seeking expressions of interest from companies wishing to tender for the work in the spring.
Transport Minister Keith Brown said:
“This has been a momentous week for the people of the north east, who have endured many years of delay for what is an essential project.
“The PIN publication immediately after getting the go-ahead is a clear sign that we are delivering on our promise to crack on with the AWPR and the A90 Balmedie-Tipperty dualling.
“Over the next three decades, the project is expected to bring in an additional £6billion to the local economy and create around 14,000 new jobs. “This scheme will also bring environmental and road safety improvements, as well as enhancing the integration of public transport and access to Aberdeen.
“I look forward to seeing this historic road develop over the coming years and all the benefits that will bring for the people of the north east.”
The Balmedie-Tipperty project will be procured alongside the AWPR as a single construction project under one Non-Profit Distribution (NPD) contract, ensuring best value for money for the public purse.
Work has begun to quantify the total project costs and Parliament will be updated with the revised figures as soon as possible.
It is anticipated that construction will commence in 2014 with completion by spring 2018.
Aberdeen City Council leader Barney Crockett said:
“We’ve had to wait a long time to get the green light to build this road and we are not going to waste any time now in getting it done. Within days of the Supreme Court throwing out the legal challenge to the scheme Aberdeen City Council, as the Scottish Ministers’ appointed agent for the AWPR, will be publishing a Prior Information Notice in the Official Journal of the European Union, to make the industry aware that contract for the main works construction of the road will soon be going out to tender.
“This shows just how serious all partners in the scheme are about getting the road built and delivering a high quality bypass as soon as practicably possible, which will bring enormous benefits to the city and North-east as a whole.”
Aberdeenshire Council Leader Councillor Jim Gifford said:
“The notice is an important milestone in what has been a long-awaited and much anticipated project.
“I have no doubt that the momentum for the AWPR will continue as residents and the business community considers how this project has the potential to transform the north-east.”
The indicative timetable for the new combined project is:
Early 2013 – Hold industry day to discuss tenders
Early 2013 – Publish Official Journal of the European Union (OJEU) notice
Spring 2013 – Issue invitation to tender
Autumn 2014 – Award contract/commence works
Spring 2018 – Completion
Preparatory work has already started along the AWPR route, including archaeological and environmental surveys and Transport Scotland will shortly announce details of future planned advance works.
Ground investigation work for the Balmedie to Tipperty scheme is also well underway, and procurement for a supplementary ground investigation on the AWPR has started and is expected to begin on site next month.
Legal and financial advisors for both AWPR and Balmedie-Tipperty schemes have been appointed and are they are being developed to be taken forward under one NPD business model with tender documents currently under preparation so that they are ready to be issued early next year.