Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route, opening date for entire length: EIR release

Information request and response under the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004.

FOI reference: FOI/19/00218  
Date received: 22 January 2019
Date responded: 25 January 2019
Information requested
Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route/Balmedie to Tipperty (AWPR/B-T) Project.
When will the AWPR be open for its entire length..... If there is no official opening date then what is the latest date quoted by the contractors.
You should consider this a Freedom Of Information Request.
As the information you have requested is ‘environmental information’ for the purposes of the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (EIRs), we are required to deal with your request under those Regulations. We are applying the exemption at section 39(2) of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA), so that we do not also have to deal with your request under FOISA.

This exemption is subject to the ‘public interest test’. Therefore, taking account of all the circumstances of this case, we have considered if the public interest in disclosing the information outweighs the public interest in applying the exemption. We have found that, on balance, the public interest lies in favour of upholding the exemption, because there is no public interest in dealing with the same request under two different regimes. This is essentially a technical point and has no material effect on the outcome of your request.
On 21 January 2019 the Transport Secretary announced that Aberdeen Roads Limited (ARL), the contractor for the project, confirmed that it has now completed the remaining physical works at the River Don Crossing, with some survey work and safety checks being undertaken.
However, we continue to await Aberdeen Roads Limited (ARL) management providing the necessary technical assurances required to allow the road to open. In terms of an opening date for this section, although ARL are forecasting January 2019, they have been unable to provide a definitive date.
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