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Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route legal challenge to progress quickly

The Scottish Government yesterday reaffirmed its commitment to progressing the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR) project as soon as possible, despite a legal challenge by campaign group RoadSense.

RoadSense has formally challenged the way the route has been chosen and lodged an appeal. The AWPR is a proposed 46km long bypass linking Stonehaven in the south to Blackdog north of the city.

The case has been granted early disposal, meaning hearings will begin on 13 December.

“While we are disappointed that legal challenges to this vital route remain in place, we are pleased that the legal strategy we have used in order to safeguard the December dates was successful,” said Scottish transport minister Keith Brown. “We are prepared and ready to challenge the appeal later this year so that we can get on and build this much needed road for the north east of Scotland as soon as possible.”

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