The Aberdeen bypass may not open until late autumn, it has been revealed today.
Cabinet Secretary for the Economy, Jobs and Fair Work Keith Brown announced the latest date to Scottish Parliament.
Aberdeen Roads Ltd, the contractor for the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route, has said it aims to open the route by August 2018.
However, the cabinet secretary told MSPs that Transport Scotland’s own report said the date they believe the whole route would open is autumn 2018.
Economy Secretary Keith Brown said: “While this revision to the opening date is very disappointing to the people of the North-east, we have to accept the expert advice of our contractors on the ground who are delivering this significant project.
“Clearly there has been a huge amount of work that has gone in to getting the project to where we are now. I would like to pay tribute to the effort of the people who are working hard to get this project over the finishing line.”