A local MP has hit out at further delays to the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR), delaying a planned bus link to Aberdeen Airport.
Member of Parliament Andrew Bowie has said there has a been “unacceptable lack of communication and information from the SNP and Transport Scotland as to when the bypass will be open to traffic.”
Stagecoach announced the new 747 bus route in September and planned to commence on Monday 19th November 2018. The route was due to operate from Montrose to Stonehaven before serving Kingswells Park and Ride and Aberdeen Airport. The service would then continue to Ellon and some journeys would also extend to Cruden Bay and Peterhead.
Posting an update on their website, the company confirmed that the 747 route would be delayed, stating “Unfortunately the lack of clarity regarding an opening date for the AWPR means that the brand new service 747 will not begin operation on 19th November 2018. The start date for this service will be confirmed in due course once an opening date has been confirmed and the official service registration process is completed”
David Liston, Managing Director, Stagecoach North Scotland said: “”We are also progressing with our preparatory work for the introduction of our brand new service 747, despite the start date for this new service now being unclear. We will continue to work with Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeenshire Council to gain some clarity on when the road will be opened to traffic allowing us to introduce a sustainable travel solution to the long-awaited AWPR. We hope to be able to operate the service as soon after the opening as possible.”
Mr Bowie added: “This new 747 route will greatly benefit my constituents, providing a quick route from Stonehaven to Aberdeen Airport and to workplaces like those in the Prime Four business park in Kingswells.
“It is disappointing that the launch has had to be shelved due to delays to the completion of the AWPR.”
The news comes as Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity Michael Matheson prepares to update the Scottish Parliament on the progress of the AWPR.