Public exhibition for Berryden Corridor Improvement Project

A public exhibition is to be held for the Berryden Corridor Improvement Project in advance of planning permission being sought in the coming months.

The event, which will include City Council officers to enable the public to ask questions, is to be held in the Berryden area and is part of the process to keep the local community informed of the scheme.

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 improve the efficiency of the road, cycleway and pavement network through improving journey time reliability, relieving congestion and improving infrastructure for walking and cycling.

The improved road 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.

An Aberdeen City Council spokeswoman said: “The new road layout will improve the efficiency of the road, cycleway and pavement network through improving journey time reliability, relieve congestion and improve infrastructure locally for walking and cycling.

“We’d encourage people to come along, view the exhibition, and speak to our staff with any queries they might have.”

The Berryden Corridor Improvement Project is one of several major capital projects being undertaken by ACC as part of a £1billion transformational programme across the city, including the Diamond Bridge, the AWPR B/T, the airport link road, the TECA complex, the Art Gallery, and the Music Hall.

The public exhibition is to be held at Sainsbury’s supermarket at Berryden, on Friday November 29 from 10am to 8pm and Saturday November 30 from 10am to 5pm. There will also be an online exhibition on the council’s website.

The process for compulsory purchase was started by Aberdeen City Council last year and is still underway. 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.

In 2017, 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 improved section of road would have traffic light junctions instead of roundabouts, except for the Kittybrewster roundabout which will remain.

More information about the project and the online exhibition can be found at www.aberdeencity.gov.uk/berrydencorridor . The online exhibition is at https://consultation.aberdeencity.gov.uk/resources/berrydencorridorimprovement/.