Transport firm contracted to work on Aberdeen bypass to lose HGV licence

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A transport firm contracted to work on the Aberdeen bypass will be banned from running vehicles.

Allen Transport Ltd, which is working on the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR), is based out of Newmachar.

The Traffic Commissoner ruled it would lose its HGV operating licence on May 30 and is also disqualified from applying or holding another licence for two years, after the company used vehicles for a contract in Scotland, which were only authorised to operate out of England.

Allen Transport Ltd began work on the bypass in April 2015, and took on extra duties, which required additional vehicles.

Traffic commissioner Joan Aitken said: “This was not incidental behaviour.

“I cannot find it to be oversight.”

The firm could not be reached for comment.

A Transport Scotland spokesman said:“The AWPR contractor has confirmed that the company concerned will no longer continue to work on the site from May 30, however alternative arrangements have been made. It has also confirmed that this matter will not impact on the delivery of the AWPR/B-T project.”

Meanwhile motorists face further disruption and diversions this weekend due to work on the Aberdeen bypass.

Traffic heading south on the A90 near Stonehaven will be diverted along the new slip road this weekend.

A short section of the B979 Netherley road will be shut during the same period.

The closures and diversion are required to finish work on the new bridge.

Diversions will be in place from 8pm tomorrow until 6am on Monday.

A Transport Scotland spokesman said: “This weekend will see a significant, but temporary, change to road layout in Stonehaven and as such we would like to remind all road users to observe signage and drive with caution.

“The contractor has been working closely with the police and local authorities to ensure anyone who needs to use the public road network during these closures has an alternative available to them.

“We would like to thank road users and the local community for their ongoing support and patience during the construction works.”

Earlier this month the new Balmedie junction opened to improve access to the village.