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Aberdeen by-pass given green light after Supreme Court ruling

Construction of the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR) is finally going to go-head after campaigners lost their appeal in the Supreme Court.

Scottish First Minister Alex Salmond said it was now time to “crack on and deliver” the project after ministers won a legal battle with protesters against the AWPR.

Ministers approved the road in 2009, but the project has been subjected to a number of legal challenges culminating in the Supreme Court judgement yesterday unanimously rejection their opposition that the selection process of the road was flawed.

Construction of 45km road from Balmedie to Tipperty will now be constructed under a non-profit distributing contract. Preparatory work will begin on site next week.

Tenders for the main construction contract will open in 2013, with the award the following year. The project is due for completion in 2018.

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