Leaders of two firms working on the delayed AWPR project are to be grilled by politicians today.
Their appearance comes after the BBC reported the south section of the bypass, between Stonehaven and Craibstone, could open as earlier as next week with contractors also confident the delayed bridge over the River Dee could be fixed by Christmas.
The £750 million project to improve the north-east’s road network was due to have been finished by now, but Transport Secretary Michael Matheson said delays had pushed back the opening.
He accused one of the AWPR’s contractors, Galliford Try, of changing its story on when red tape would be overcome – but they have been unable to speak out on the issue due to contractual restrictions.
However, that is set to change this morning when senior representatives of Galliford Try and Balfour Beatty – together known as Aberdeen Roads Ltd (ARL) – give answers at an hour-long meeting of the Scottish Government’s rural economy and connectivity committee.