End of objection period next week for the compulsory purchase order for Berryden Corridor Improvement Project
The objection period for the compulsory purchase order by Aberdeen City Council for the Berryden Corridor Improvement Project is ending next Friday.
The project will be a major upgrade to the city’s roads network as Berryden Road is currently operating beyond its capacity leading to significant congestion and journey time delays, particularly at peak times.
It will build on the benefits gained from the opening of Diamond Bridge, which has about 12,000 vehicles going over it daily relieving congestion at the Bridge of the Don and the Haudagain roundabout, while further improving connections within the city.
It is one of several major infrastructure projects worth a total of £560million which are leading one of the biggest transformations the city has had – these include the Diamond Bridge, the Airport Link Road, the A96 Park and Ride at Craibstone/Dyce, and the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR/B-T).
The compulsory purchase order (CPO) for the Berryden Corridor Improvement Project aims to acquire the remaining land of about 100 plots required for the scheme, and the City Council already owns or controls about 80% of the land needed for the Corridor.
Last year, ground investigations took place for the new Aberdeen City Council road, which will stretch from the Skene Square roundabout to St Machar/A96 roundabout, and empty eyesore former garage buildings on Powis Terrace which will form part of the route were also demolished in 2017.
The Berryden Corridor Improvement Project involves widening the existing road and junction improvements between Skene Square and Ashgrove Road, and the construction of a new section of road between Ashgrove Road and Kittybrewster roundabout. The new section of road would have junctions instead of roundabouts, except for the Kittybrewster roundabout which would remain.
The CPO would come into effect only if confirmed by the Scottish Ministers.
A copy of the Order and a map of the proposed affected land and properties can be viewed at Central Library, Cornhill Library, and Woodside Library, and online at www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/services/roads-transport-and-parking/berryden-corridor-improvement-scheme.
Any objections to the Order must be made in writing stating the title of the Order and the grounds of objection and addressed to the Scottish Ministers c/o Transport Scotland, Road Policy Team, Buchanan House, 58 Port Dundas Road, Glasgow, G4 0HF by 21 December 2018.
It is anticipated a planning application for the scheme would be submitted in 2019.