Earthworks delay hits AWPR


Contractors have failed to complete major earthworks on schedule at Scotland’s flagship road project, the £800m Aberdeen bypass.

And the Scottish Government has been accused of keeping MSPs in the dark over the delay on the Balmedie-Tipperty section of the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR). Economy secretary Keith Brown admitted this week that Transport Scotland was made aware of the problems on November 9.

He said contractor Aberdeen Roads, the consortium made up of Balfour Beatty, Carillion and Galliford Try, confirmed it had not completed key earthworks before the winter deadline, with “a consequential impact on the programme for that section”.

Brown told the Scottish Government’s rural economy and connectivity committee: “Continuing those earthworks throughout the winter period may give rise to certain environmental risks connected with the control of run-off from the site and issues around the protection of weather susceptible materials.

“Since November, my officials have interrogated the contractor’s programme and challenged them to ensure that they are mitigating the effects where possible. Transport Scotland’s technical advisors have also conducted a full independent programme review.”

Aberdeen Roads has revised completion of the Balmedie to Tipperty section from spring next year to winter 2017/18.

Peter Chapman, a member of the rural economy committee, said management of the construction must be called into question.



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Article posted 14/12/2016