The new road will help improve air quality and enable better routes for buses.
Nose-to-tail traffic creates pollution. Free-flowing traffic generates lower carbon emissions. The AWPR/B-T project is designed to take slow-moving and stationary traffic away from city streets, improving air quality for around 75,000 homes.
The project will also help local authority leaders plan for the pedestrianisation of Broad Street and Union Street, making the city a more pleasant place for walking.
With less traffic, our roads will become much safer for cyclists, pedestrians and equestrians. Using public transport will be more effective. The road will improve Park & Ride links between Kingswells, Ellon and the Bridge of Don, as well as providing the opportunity for further Park & Ride sites to the south of the city.
The project is also expected to free up Anderson Drive, enabling much smoother and faster routes for buses travelling in and out of the city. Bus services should, as a result, become more reliable and more frequent.
The AWPR will provide a fast, direct link to Aberdeen Airport. This will increase the airport’s catchment area and potentially lead to inward investment, including new airlines and routes coming to the city.
Blackdog to Tipperty
The majority of the existing single carriageway between Blackdog and Tipperty will become part of the local road network in April 2019, but is already catering for local traffic and is expected to significantly reducing traffic flow in the area.
The estimated daily reductions on the existing road are:
23,100 vehicles north of Balmedie will be transferred to the new A90
18,700 fewer vehicles north of the A975 junction on the existing A90
The traffic on the B977 is also expected to reduce by approximately 80%.