The Scottish Transport Minister is engaged in “frequent regular dialogue” with contractors over the Aberdeen bypass.
Talks were held last week between Michael Matheson and contractor Aberdeen Roads Limited in a bid to iron out legal wrangles that are preventing the already-completed Craibstone, Stonehaven and Charleston sections from opening.
A further discussion between the parties is due to take place this week to try to get this section of road open, which has been completed for a number of weeks but held up by a contract issue.
Contractors have said the scheme will finally be finished in December – later than the previous “late autumn” deadline, which was the third missed deadline on the project.
A Transport Scotland spokesman said: “We are engaged in frequent regular dialogue with Aberdeen Roads Limited over the issues the cabinet secretary reported to parliament recently.
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“Mr Matheson is due to follow up his meeting with an update call early this week.
“The cabinet secretary has committed to updating parliament when further information on an opening date is available.”