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Aberdeen bypass construction restarts

Construction work has restarted on the £745M Aberdeen Western Periphery Route (AWPR) following a temporary halt due to ‘significant’ silt pollution.

Aberdeen Roads Limited – comprising Balfour Beatty Investments, Carillion Private Finance and Galliford Try Investments – is constructing the new 58 km road. The construction joint venture includes Balfour Beatty, Morrison Construction and Carillion.

Construction was voluntarily stopped on June 17 when Scottish Environment Protection Agency (SEPA) officers were sent to investigate multiple reports of significant silt pollution in watercourses surrounding the AWPR following heavy downpours. Work restarted on Monday.

Aberdeen Roads Limited has agreed a full programme of remedial works with SEPA. Many will be completed shortly, others in the coming weeks.

A statement from Transport Scotland said: “Throughout this process, the contractor has remained in regular dialogue with SEPA and will remain in regular dialogue with SEPA while the remedial works are undertaken. We take our environmental responsibilities seriously and will also continue to work with the contractor to ensure that watercourses are protected across the site.”

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