Councillor hits out at AWPR lorries using unapproved routes

The 20mph sign outside Glashieburn Primary School has not been working properly for some time now and councillor wants to urge drivers to check their speed around the school. Pictured is Councillor John Reynolds. Picture by HEATHER FOWLIE

Concerns have been raised about heavy goods lorries using an unauthorised route.

Residents have reported HGVs using the B999 at Shielhill road, which is not an approved route, as part of works to create the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route.

Councillor for the Bridge of Don ward John Reynolds, pictured, said: “I’m getting really angry and frustrated by AWPR traffic using that route, and I am assured by our office and Transport Scotland that they aren’t authorised to.

“A resident told me the other day that one of the vehicles was on the other side of the road coming out of Shielhill road.

“The problem is that the constituents are having to put up with it. They shouldn’t be on the road.”

A new development including M&S Simply Food, Costa, Home Bargains and Pets at Home, among other stores, is planned to open in a nearby retail park which will likely increase the traffic in the area.

Cllr Reynolds said: “It’s going to be a really busy road. People take shortcuts through Shielhill to get to Dyce as well.

“I’m getting nowhere with it. I brought up the problem and was assured it was in hand.”

The bypass, which is the longest roads infrastructure project currently being carried out in the UK, is scheduled to be opened to traffic by this coming winter.

It is being delivered by Transport Scotland on behalf of the Scottish Government and in partnership with Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeenshire Council.

A Transport Scotland spokesman said: “The contractor employs a number of haulage firms and it has confirmed that it meets regularly with these companies to ensure they are fully briefed on the approved HGV routes, as well as the standards expected of drivers.

“However, some of these haulage firms do have a number of local clients and they will use the local road network to make deliveries for these clients.

“The contractor has asked for anyone who has a concern over HGVs, which may be working on the project, to telephone the project enquiries line on 0800 058 8350 with details of the registration number of the vehicle. This will allow them to investigate and take appropriate action, if required.”