25
August
2016
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18:24
Europe/Amsterdam

New Link Road to open next week

The first phase of the £15.2million Dyce Park and Choose scheme in the form of a Link Road which connects the A96 Craibstone roundabout to the Dyce Drive/International Avenue junction is to be open to the public next week.

The three-lane dual carriageway road is one of a series of infrastructure improvements to tackle congestion and reduce journey times for motorists around the city.

It will also improve access to Aberdeen International Airport, relieve pressure on the busy A96, provide improvements to traffic in the Dyce area, and also provide opportunities to bus routes to access the airport more easily.

The Link Road 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.

The Link Road, which will be open to motorists on Monday afternoon, 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.)

Aberdeen City Council Leader Councillor Jenny Laing said: “It is fantastic the Link Road is to be opened next week as it will be a considerable help to motorists getting to the airport and also for commuters who work in and around Dyce.

“This crucial piece of major infrastructure 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.”

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 Link Road part of the scheme includes footpaths and a shared cycle lane and pedestrian walkway, and also has three lanes going in each direction.

It is the latest in a range of park and ride sites planned on Aberdeen’s major commuter corridors.

The Link Road 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.