Scottish transport minister Keith Brown expressed his disappointment today over the news that the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR) bypass will be challenged in court.
Brown said he shared a “deep sense of frustration” with residents in the north east of Scotland over the news that campaign group 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.
Brown said the Scottish Government is still totally committed to building the scheme but has already had to spend £1.1M defending the project. He also cited a recent petition of over 11,000 signatures in support of the scheme and said the government will “robustly” defend the appeal.
RoadSense has argued that the route selection was “flawed”, the public were denied a proper consultation and there has been a breach of European Directives with respect to protected habitats and species.