29
August
2016
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14:43
Europe/Amsterdam

New Link Road opened today

The first phase of the £15.2million Dyce Park and Choose scheme in the form of a Link Road near Aberdeen International Airport which will tackle congestion in the area officially opened today.(Mon 29 Aug)

The three-lane dual carriageway was commissioned by Aberdeen City Council and will also relieve pressure on the busy A96, provide improvements to traffic in the Dyce area, and provide opportunities to bus routes to access the airport more easily.

The Link Road is the first phase of the 1,000-space Dyce Park and Choose project and is designed to connect into the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR/B-T.)

It is part of a wider strategic plan to connect with other major infrastructure projects which are designed to transform moving around the city including the AWPR/B-T, the £26.4million Berryden Corridor, and the £22.3million third Don crossing which was opened in June.

Aberdeen City Council Leader Councillor Jenny Laing said: “I am delighted the Link Road opened today as it will be great for commuters getting in and around Dyce and will be beneficial for people getting to the airport for their holidays or work.

“This crucial piece of infrastructure as part of the £15.2million Dyce Park and Choose scheme will also help to unlock the benefits of the AWPR/B-T and, along with the third Don crossing and the Berryden Corridor Improvements, it is one in the latest in a series of major projects which will improve journey times for motorists and bus passengers around the city.

Carol Benzie, Managing Director of Aberdeen International Airport, said: “It’s fantastic to see that the new Link Road is ready to open. We have enjoyed seeing it all come together and are delighted to now have an improved road system around the airport campus.

“This will alleviate the traffic issues which have created challenges to our passengers and employees in recent years as the area around the airport has grown significantly busier.”

Archie Blair, Development Manager at Abstract which is developing 40 acre Aberdeen International Business Park on behalf of Aker ASA, the listed Norwegian Investment Company, said: “The position of the Aberdeen International Business Park, adjacent to Aberdeen International Airport, the quality of the development and the completion of the Airport Link Road, makes this Business Park an obvious and logical location for major international companies.”

David Milloy, joint Managing Director, Miller Developments, said: "Miller Developments welcomes the significant investment Aberdeen City Council has made in the Link Road. It has been the catalyst to a number of buildings now operational with D2 Business Park and we hope that its opening will now stimulate further interest in the Dyce area.”

Gavin McKevitt, Civils Operations Director at Lagan Construction, said: “Lagan Construction Group is delighted to have worked in collaboration with Aberdeen City Council in providing this vital facility to ensure the area is more accessible to commuters and shoppers.”

The Link Road connects the A96 Craibstone roundabout to the Dyce Drive/International Avenue junction and it includes footpaths and a shared cycle lane and pedestrian walkway, and also has three lanes going in each direction.

The Dyce Park and Choose will also include waiting accommodation and cycle lockers, along with the 500m of dual carriageway between the A96 and Dyce Drive. Lagan Construction Group was awarded the contract for the work.

The Dyce Park and Choose is part of £516million of capital investment over the next five years by Aberdeen City Council to help the city achieve the ambitions in the Regional Economic Strategy, Strategic Infrastructure Plan and recently-agreed City Region Deal – it’s also part of one of the biggest regeneration programmes of the city’s history involving new schools and cultural centres.