Scotland, April 12, 2017.- The Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route / Balmedie to Tipperty (AWPR/B-T) is one of the largest infrastructure projects in Scotland. It’s part of Transport Scotland’s commitment to improving travel in the north east. The new road will be 58km long and is expected to open in winter 2017/18. It will consist of four sections:
• Balmedie to Tipperty: 12km from Blackdog to Tipperty
• Northern Leg: 16.1km from North Kingswells to Blackdog
• Southern Leg: 18.7km from Charleston to North Kingswells
• Fastlink: 11.5km from Stonehaven to Cleanhill
The project is being delivered by Transport Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Government and in partnership with Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeenshire Council.
Aberdeen Roads Limited (Balfour Beatty Investments Ltd, Carillion Private Finance (Transport) Ltd and Galliford Try Investments Ltd) was awarded the contract to build the AWPR/B-T in December 2014. It has appointed AWPR Construction Joint Venture, which includes Balfour Beatty, Morrison Construction and Carillion) to construct the 58km road.
Aberdeen Roads Limited offer a quarterly newsletter in local libraries to keep the local community informed of the project’s progress.The new road will include:
• 58km of new road
• 40km of new side roads
• 30km of access tracks
• 12 junctions
• 2 river crossings at the River Dee and the River Don
• A bridge over the Aberdeen-Inverness Railway
• 3 wildlife bridges
• over 100 other structures
Travel in the north east
The AWPR/B-T is just one of several projects designed to improve travel in the north east.
Other projects in the region include:
• Improvements to the Haudagain Roundabout
• A new Inveramsay Bridge
• Dualling the A96 between Aberdeen and Inverness
Budget and funding
The overall estimated project costs amount to £745 million. The contract value with Aberdeen Roads Limited is around £530 million in net present value terms, almost £240 million less than the pre-tender estimate.
The key partners for the project are:
• Transport Scotland (TS). TS are contributing 81% of the costs for the northern and southern legs of the AWPR and 100% of the other two legs. TS is also funding 100% of maintenance costs.
• Aberdeen City Council (ACC). 9.5% of the costs for the northern and southern legs are provided by ACC. The Scottish Government has capped their contributions are £75m. ACC is also managing the delivery of the project as Managing Agent.
• Aberdeenshire Council (AC). AC are also contributing 9.5% of the costs of the northern and southern legs, with a £75m cap. AC is committed to working alongside ACC and TS during the construction of the AWPR / B-T.
• Scottish Futures Trust (SFT). The AWPR/B-T was procured through the SFT’s Non Profit Distributing (NPD) model, which helps to deliver value for money for the taxpayer. As with all NPD projects, SFT provides support and implements strategic reviews.