AWPR travellers urged ‘take your litter home’

31st May 2019


Motorists travelling on the newly-opened Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR) are being urged to avoid littering.

The calls are being made by Transport Scotland in partnership with Aberdeen Roads Limited.

Don’t be tempted to litter

Aberdeen Roads Limited operates a 30-year maintenance contract for the carriageway and is now being forced to divert considerable manpower to tackling this problem.

Malcolm Findlay, general manager for the service provider, commented: “We would like people to take all of their litter home with them, instead of discarding it on the new trunk road, so we don’t have to ask our road workers to clear it up.

“Our workers are already busy patrolling the new road to ensure it is operating as it should, as well as helping road users who need assistance.”

Mr Findlay went on to add that littering on certain areas of the road does require temporary traffic management to allow for its safe recovery. This can cause headaches for travellers, as it can result in closures and delays that could easily be avoided.

Inspector Steve Manson from Police Scotland added that “littering is an offence” and while this is, thankfully, unacceptable behaviour for most people there are some who need to be reminded of this fact.

Ellie Baker, brand manager at FCS Scotland, adds: “Litter is a blight on many communities, so motorists must ensure they are taking every step possible to take their rubbish home with them and keep our carriageways clean.”