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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-19798: Liam Kerr (North East Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 6 November 2018

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the statement by the Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity on 1 November 2018 (Official Report, c.57), whether it was its position that the contractual nexus between Aberdeen Roads Limited and its lenders required to be revised when it was sent a letter dated 23 October 2018 referring to weather and the collapse of Carillion as the issues delaying the opening of the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR).



Answered by: Michael Matheson 22 November 2018

Neither my officials nor I have received any correspondence dated 23 October 2018.

As confirmed in my statement, I was disappointed to receive a letter from Peter Truscott, CEO of Galliford Try, on 31 October 2018, suggesting Aberdeen Roads Limited (ARL) had yet to agree with its lenders the contractual variation. This variation, which had been on the table for some considerable time, is required to open the 31.5km section of road between Craibstone to Stonehaven and Charleston. Furthermore, ARL had yet to even advise its lenders of the draft terms.

I and my officials have been involved in a series of high-level meetings with ARL since then, designed to remove any obstacle to the road being opened while remedial works at the Don progress.