Report reveals frustration in Aberdeen over delays to transport projects linked to City Region Deal

The first section of the AWPR opened last month.

Aberdeen City Council has faced difficulty with some transport projects it wants to pursue as part of the City Region Deal, according to a new report.

The Scottish Government has published a new report today looking at a number of concerns which have been raised in relation to Scotland’s City Region Deals.

Aberdeen City Council co-leader Jenny Laing gave evidence during an inquiry at Holyrood in November on her experiences with Aberdeen’s £250 million deal and focused on difficulties facing the local authority with transport projects.

She said: “For example, Transport Scotland has asked us to delay the introduction of those projects for a year, because it wants to see what effects the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR) has.

“Although it is important that we take into account the impact of the AWPR, we argue that we need to carry out the appraisal work, so that we are in a position to make progress on the other projects once we have established the impact of the AWPR.”

Aberdeenshire Council has also raised concerns within the report over the size of the City Region Deal relative to others.

It said: “There are also significant differences in the scale of funding awarded to different areas, with £1 billion of UK/Scottish Government funding awarded to Glasgow but less than half that to Aberdeen when oil and gas has contributed so significantly to taxes over many decades and is now in decline.”

Local Government and Communities Committee convener Bob Doris MSP said: “We welcome the significant investment of £3.3 billion to create new jobs and build exciting and thriving areas around our major cities – some of which are in the most impoverished and deprived areas of Scotland.

“But it’s clear from the evidence we have heard and our committee visits that there are significant issues with City Region Deals that must be addressed.”