Aberdeen residents have voiced their concern at a possible 10-mile detour to attend an event to celebrate the new bypass.
The GoNorthEast Road Festival, due to take place tomorrow and Sunday, has been met with resistance from people in nearby areas, who will have to get the bus to the event.
The festival is only accessible by shuttle bus, laid on by Transport Scotland.
Some people in Culter will be 400 yards away from the event but will have to undertake a 10-mile round trip to attend.
Residents of areas in the western side of the city, closer to the site of the festival, will have to travel to a nearby pickup point in Kingswells, doubling back on the shuttle.
Councillor Tauqeer Malik, who represents Lower Deeside, said: “It is rather concerning that Transport Scotland, which acknowledges that residents in the Lower Deeside Ward have experienced significant levels of disruption with the building of the AWPR, now want to disrupt the local community even further by telling them that rather than going 400 yards to the festivities at Milltimber Bridge the community of Culter are required to make a 10-mile round road trip.
“It is not yet too late for Transport Scotland to change its mind and work with me and the Culter Community Council to ensure residents who have suffered through the building of the new AWPR are not further disrupted by having to go into Aberdeen in order to participate in something that is less than 400 yards from where they live.”
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Guus Glass, the chairman of adjoining Cults, Bieldside and Milltimber Community Council, has also written to Transport Scotland about the issue.
The letter states: “It appears that residents within easy walking or cycling distance of the venue are expected to travel into the centre of Aberdeen or to take their car to Kingswells Park and Ride in order to access the shuttle bus service which we understand is the only means of entering the venue.
“Yet these are the same people who over the last few years have had to accept frequent traffic dislocation, noise and dirt during the construction period.
“We urge you to ask the event organisers to review the proposed arrangements to ensure that those communities nearest to the AWPR are able to take part easily in the event without suffering further inconvenience.”
A Transport Scotland spokesman said: “We have asked our event organisers to get in contact with the community council so that we can work together to identify an appropriate solution.”
The £745 million bypass is due to be completed by the autumn, following a series of setbacks, including the collapse of construction partner Carillion.