Ground investigations to start on Monday for £26.4million Berryden Corridor

Ground investigations are to start on Monday 9 October for the £26.4million Berryden Corridor Improvement Scheme.

Diggers will be in the area along with small triangular-shaped drilling equipment as another part of the design process along the route for the new Aberdeen City Council road which stretches from the Skene Square roundabout to St Machar/A96 roundabout.

Earlier this year, empty eyesore buildings on Powis Terrace which will form part of the route were demolished.

The former garage and associated properties at 78A and 86-90 were taken down as part of the Aberdeen City Council scheme, which will work with other major roads projects to help alleviate traffic congestion around the city.

Aberdeen City Council Transport and Regeneration spokesman Councillor Ross Grant said: “It’s good the ground investigations are starting for the £26.4million Berryden Corridor Improvement Scheme as it shows that we’re on another step of the way to building the road.

“The Berryden Corridor Improvement Scheme will benefit motorists, cyclists and pedestrians and will be a major upgrade to the roads network in the area and for the whole of the city.

“Along with improving our roads network to make it easier for residents and visitors to get around the city easier, the scheme will also further support wider network policies such as the City Centre Masterplan, and will also help with the delivery of other infrastructure routes.”

The Berryden Corridor Improvement Scheme is an important part of the city’s roads network as without further improvement, there is a risk of increased congestion in the immediate area and the surrounding network.

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 already-completed Diamond Bridge, the already-completed A96 Park and Ride at Craibstone/Dyce, and the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR/B-T).