Aberdeen road to remain closed three months later than scheduled

An Aberdeen city centre street is to remain closed until October – more than three months behind its initial reopening date.

Part of Upperkirkgate in the city centre has been closed since June 7 to allow for work to be carried out on the £3.2 million Broad Street project. The closure, which is in place between the road’s junctions with Flourmill Lane and Gallowgate, has been extended to October 8, due to “unforeseen ground conditions”.

The closure was initially expected to be in place for three weeks until the end of June but was later extended to August.

Gallowgate will also be closed at the same time, between its junctions with Upperkirkgate and Little John Street.

SNP group leader Stephen Flynn said he has concerns, despite a new administration being in place, they are already being “besieged by delays”.

He added: “It’s a farce that what is a key route in the city will be closed for longer than initially thought.

“While the leadership has switched they don’t appear to have learnt anything from their former Labour colleagues.

“People in Aberdeen will be looking on in bewilderment that another project is coming in late.”

Temporary road surface provision will be made for the Great Aberdeen Run, which is taking place throughout the city centre on Sunday, August 27.

Aberdeen City Council leader Jenny Laing said: “A construction issue has been identified during the current work programme and contractors are now taking action to dealing with the situation.

“The delay is disappointing but crucially, events such as the Great Aberdeen Run won’t be affected.

“Unsurprisingly the SNP are searching for another political football when people in Aberdeen want the focus to be on moving the city forward.

“This administration is committed to delivering for the people of Aberdeen, unlike the SNP, whose track record while in power was school closures and massive cuts to frontline services.”

The Broad Street project will make theroad a pedestrian-priority zone and turn it into an area capable of staging events throughout the year.

An Aberdeen City Council spokeswoman said: “We apologise for any inconvenience this may cause.”