The transport secretary has insisted he “will not be held over a barrel” by Aberdeen bypass contractors.
The Transport Secretary has demanded answers from Aberdeen bypass contractors after yet another deadline was missed.
Transport Secretary Michael Matheson has said Aberdeen Roads Limited (ARL), contractors for the project, have been cautioned against “cutting corners” in order to get the route open in time for January.
Pressure is mounting on contractors, with the target date to open the final section of the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR) of the end of January now just over a week away.
Aberdeen University is to be awarded a share of more than £200,000 to improve cycling on campus.
As yet another deadline is missed to open the final stretch of bypass, Transport Minister Michael Matheson writes he is losing faith in the contractors.
The milestone comes as a call was made for a public inquiry to be held into the project’s handling, with a north-east MP arguing the public has a “right to know what has gone wrong”.
A further discussion between the parties is due to take place this week to try to get this section of road open, which has been completed for a number of weeks but held up by a contract issue.
Transport Secretary Michael Matheson will meet contractors behind the AWPR project at a crunch meeting later this week.
The Scottish Government and contractors should “bash their heads together” to get AWPR sections open as soon as possible, opposition politicians have said today.
Contractors behind the AWPR project have not been “entirely straight” with the Scottish Government, the Transport Secretary Michael Matheson today claimed.
“As a council we’re paying £75 million and being told nothing. I think I could buy a washing machine from Currys and get more information than I could get from Transport Scotland for £75m. I find that rather confusing.”
Substantial problems to a major bypass bridge could delay the opening of the entire project, an MSP has claimed.
The number of people injured in north-east road crashes has dropped by nearly 60% in 10 years.
The transport secretary should “stop dithering” and set a realistic date for opening the AWPR, according to a senior MSP.
Efforts are being made to record data on how many knives are found in Scottish schools, a North-east politician has been told.
A programme helping men convicted of domestic abuse to change their behaviour is to improve, as figures revealed less then a third of Aberdeen men who started the course finished it.