South section of Aberdeen bypass to open next week

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A major section of the Aberdeen bypass will open next week.

The BBC has reported the 20-mile, southern stretch of the AWPR – between Stonehaven and Craibstone – will be open to traffic within days.

A contractual dispute between the Scottish Government and Aberdeen Roads Limited (ARL) has delayed the opening of the significant stretch which was completed in October.

It is understood negotiations have now been concluded, and the contractors are expected to give a definitive timescale when they are questioned by Holyrood’s rural economy and connectivity committee this morning.

Contractors are also confident work to repair the bridge over the River Don will be completed by Christmas, which will allow the opening of the full project.

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