Minister: dualing contract awarded

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THE Scottish Government has announced the award of a £600,000 contract to allow ground investigation as part of the A90 dualling between Tipperty and Balmedie.

The contract will allow company Soil Mechanics to undertake preliminary surveys of the carriageway’s route in anticipation of construction starting on the AWPR soon. The announcement comes on the same day that pressure group Road Sense took their appeal against the Western Peripheral Route - which includes the Tipperty to Balmedie dualling - to the Supreme Court.

Transport Minister Keith Brown said: “The £580,000 we have made available reinforces our commitment to improve both this and other major strategic roads in the north east of Scotland, and I’m delighted this investment will allow our appointed contractors to begin the essential ground investigations work in the coming weeks.

“In relation to the AWPR, the Scottish Government remains totally committed to the scheme being completed as soon as possible. Ministers have done everything in their power to progress the appeal hearing as soon as possible and welcome the start of the next stage. We are prepared and ready to defend the appeal so that we can get on and build this much needed road.”