Supreme Court ruling must end AWPR challenges

Today’s Supreme Court ruling giving the green light to construction of the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR) must mark the end of challenges to the project, according to local MSP Maureen Watt.

The Scottish Government approved plans for the construction of the AWPR almost three years ago in December 2009, but the start of work on the project has been delayed following concerted legal objections by a handful of protestors.

Having had objections twice thrown out of Scottish courts, today’s judgement means that the UK Supreme Court has also rejected the protests raised by Roadsense.

Commenting, SNP MSP Maureen Watt who convenes the Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee and in whose constituency much of the planned bypass will be built said:

“Residents of Aberdeen and the wider region have been crying out for this project to go ahead for years, so I know that this judgement will be extremely welcome.

“These protestors have had their day in court, not once but three times, and must surely now accept that the road should proceed. I would hope that they will quickly make a public statement confirming that their obstruction is at an end.

“The SNP Government has stood by its commitment to build the AWPR despite the legal challenges it has faced, and today’s judgement should mean that we can now move towards construction.

“When it is complete, the bypass will ease congestion in Aberdeen and improve journey times for businesses and individuals across the North East. It is a vital piece of missing infrastructure and the concerted efforts of a handful of protestors to derail it have frustrated thousands of people up and down the North East.

“Today’s judgement should mean that at long last, focus can now move to construction and delivering this essential project for the North East of Scotland.”