Aberdeen bypass opponents lose appeal

William Walton’s appeal, on behalf of Road Sense, against the rejection of the latest legal action against the long-delayed Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route, has been rejected by the Court of Session.

The Aberdeen bypass opponent now had to decide whether to drag out his his legal battle by taking the case to London.

Meanwhile public frustration at the delay in starting the bypass – which previous Transport Minister Stewart Stevenson had planned to open this year – continues to grow. A previous petition, calling on Road Sense to abandon their legal action, attracted more than 15,000 online signatures and a new petition has been started under the title “AWPR: Enough is Enough” has just been started.

Aberdeen is probably the only substantial city in the UK which does not have a bypass. The bridge for the first proposed bypass was signed off by the Secretary of State in 1957.

Europe’s Energy Capital continues to be connected to the European trunk road network by one mediaeval bridge, built in the 16th century. How the other energy cities of the world manage to keep a straight face is amazing.

When it can take up to an hour to get from the north of Aberdeen to the south, the additional costs of traffic delays continue to mount up.

  • With the focus on extending the life of North Sea oil by making Aberdeen a competitive base for the international energy industry, this continuing delay could clearly impact on the long-term attractiveness of the city as a location.
  • Equally concerning is the continued danger posed by heavy traffic on totally unsuitable B and C-roads to the west of Aberdeen.

As well as the growing costs and misery of congestion, it appears the public are becoming increasingly frustrated at being called on to fund the continuing legal challenges. For this most recent challenge the courts agreed to cap costs at £0.
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