Environmental campaigners and residents in a Scottish town have lost a bid to prevent the building of a new £400M bypass.
Local objections and a four-month public inquiry into the controversial plans failed to prevent Holyrood from approving the 28-mile Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR).
The road will provide “substantial benefits” to the North East of Scotland, according to finance secretary John Swinney, but opponents condemned the decision to give the go-ahead. The road provoked objections from a range of protest groups unhappy about the proposed route.
Local campaign group Road Sense challenged the Netherley/Milltimber Brae route agreed by ministers, arguing it had been arrived at unfairly. Friends of the Earth and the Scottish Green Party also hit out at the plans.
Experts say the road, estimated to cost between £300M and £400M, will ease traffic congestion in the city. A 20% reduction is expected on North Anderson Drive approaching the Haudagain roundabout.
The Government reporters who conducted the inquiry, towards the end of last year, had recommended that the road be given the go-ahead.
Mr Swinney said: “The route will provide a much needed bypass around Aberdeen linking existing major roads and key locations such as the airport, park-and-ride sites and the major industrial estates around the city.”