Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route ‘cuts journey times in half’

24th May 2019

Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route

The launch of the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR) has helped to cut journey times in half for travellers in the area since its opening in February.

Initial monitoring by Transport Scotland has highlighted the significant economic and transport benefits of the project.

Fantastic benefits for travellers

Overall, the body revealed average journey times for travellers from Stonehaven to Dyce have fallen from 47 to just 18 minutes. Meanwhile, journeys from Charleston to Dyce have been cut from 32 to 16 minutes.

Furthermore, Transport Scotland revealed as much as 50 per cent of all traffic which previously used Aberdeen city centre has now transferred to the AWPR.

Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon stated: “The AWPR has brought huge benefits to the north-east with these initial findings showing both journey times and congestion have improved over the last few months.

“Its success is a clear sign that the north-east is an attractive place to work and do business.”

Ms Sturgeon went on to add that the north-east contributes more than 20 per cent towards the nation’s total export value and the introduction of the AWPR will help maintain this significant output in the months and years to come.

Ellie Baker, brand manager at FCS Scotland, adds: “It’s fantastic to see the massive positive impact that this ambitious project has had on the Aberdeen area and local community. It bodes well for other far-reaching schemes that are currently in the pipeline.”