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£400m Aberdeen bypass overcomes latest legal hurdle

A £400 million Aberdeen bypass has overcome its latest legal challenge and looks set to attract big-name bidders after the Supreme Court rejected an appeal by a local group.

The court rejected the latest appeal against its construction from the chairman of Road Sense, a local group opposing the scheme.

In its reasons for the judgement, the court ruled that the trunk road network on the periphery of Aberdeen is “urgently in need of improvement”.

The scheme was originally given the go-ahead in 2009 but has been beset by legal and planning challenges.

The 28-mile Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route is to be procured by Transport Scotland alongside the A90 Balmedie to Tipperty project in a combined model form of contract which caps private-sector profits.

Sources told CN earlier this year that the project was likely to attract the attention of the biggest names in the industry, with major contractors including Balfour Beatty, Morgan Sindall and Sir Robert McAlpine among those being linked to the job.

Scottish Building Federation chief executive Michael Levack said the decision was set to bring “major opportunities during the construction phase” and unlock the future development of Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire.

“It will help the north-east to reach its full potential by enabling delivery of the new housing and other infrastructure the local economy needs to be able to grow,” he added.

“It sends a powerful message that this area of Scotland is open for business.”

Aberdeen City Council leader Barney Crockett said: “We will be working closely with our partners in the scheme, Aberdeenshire Council and the Scottish Government, to move as fast as we can to get construction under way and allow easier and better access to the many exciting developments in and around the city.”

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