Aberdeenshire Council has welcomed today’s decision from the UK Supreme Court.
Leader Jim Gifford said: “It’s the decision that we’ve all been waiting for and I’m delighted that after a decade of planning, enquiries and legal proceedings, we finally have the green light to move ahead with this project.
“The majority of residents and businesses in the North East of Scotland have been waiting for progress on the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route for far too long. Today marks the beginning of the delivery of the most significant piece of major infrastructure in the North East of Scotland, since the discovery of oil in the North Sea in the 1960s.
“I’m delighted that at last we can get on with this project which is seen very much as the key to unlocking the full potential of Aberdeenshire, particularly the Energetica corridor up to Peterhead.
“Of course, the road won’t be built next week. We now move into a phase of land purchasing and procurement, but at last we can set realistic timescales, develop project plans and move forwards with identifying funding streams for this work.
“Aberdeenshire Council is committed to working with Aberdeen City Council and Transport Scotland to see the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route become reality as quickly as possible.”
Peter Bellarby also welcomed the decision and said: “I am pleased that the final stumbling block has been overcome so that work can begin in earnest on this project, which is vital for the North East of Scotland. The link road south to Stonehaven is a very necessary part of the project so that we don’t have all road traffic going north from Stonehaven and the south funnelled onto the A90 towards Aberdeen.”