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Business leaders hail AWPR's potential to transform travel in Scotland
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Business leaders hail AWPR’s potential to transform travel in Scotland

Business leaders in Scotland are hailing the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route/Balmedie to Tipperty (AWPR/B-T) as a “symbol of rebirth.”

One of the largest infrastructure schemes underway in Europe, the AWPR has been described as a “strong statement to the world.”

This comes from the Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI), which is an independent economic development network; and Aberdeen City and Shires Hotel Association, representing local hotels.

Worth £745 million, the project is the largest infrastructure project in Scotland and business leaders believe the connectivity provided by the construction of this road will improve the economy.

Ian Armstrong, Regional Director of SCDI, commented:

“Journey reliability time, access to markets and better connectivity in and around the city from north to south and across the region will be hugely beneficial to the business community.

“The message that the AWPR opening is going to send to the rest of Scotland, the UK and beyond, is very positive for the region.

“The fact this huge project has been committed to and invested in during the recent downturn in the energy sector is a hugely positive sign to companies who might want to come to the area and invest or create jobs.”

The project has not been without stumbling blocks; Carillion was one of the companies set to deliver the project – its liquidation caused uncertainty, but other companies reaffirmed their commitments to the scheme.

Transport Scotland’s Project Manager has previously spoken about this setback and how the overall project will benefit Scotland, its road network, businesses and the wider economy.

And Mr Armstrong believes the AWPR/B-T project represents much more than “just a road.”

“I think it’s a symbol of renaissance, some kind of rebirth of the region.

“The AWPR opens up the labour market, thanks to improved connectivity and making working in the city an even more attractive option.”

The road will open later this year.

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