History

History

A peripheral route around Aberdeen was considered as early as the 1950s, with potential routes discussed in the 1970s and 1980s when traffic was steadily increasing in the city due to the oil boom however, serious planning for the new road didn’t begin until the 1990s.

See below for the project’s key milestones and other important historic dates for the north east and beyond.

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1949
An outer ring road features as one of the planning proposals in The City and Royal Burgh of Aberdeen Survey and Plan 1949. The outer ring road is a forerunner of the AWPR and is also described as a bypass road.
1950
Discussion of the line of the potential outer ring road takes place, including during meetings of the Joint Town Planning Advisory Committee.
1952
The AWPR is first proposed.
1958
The last tram in Aberdeen runs on May 3. Thousands of people lined Union Street for the parade to the beach where the trams were torched!
1963
Henry John Burnett is hanged at Craiginches Prison, Aberdeen – the last execution to take place in Scotland.
1963/1965
Town Council minutes refer to reserving sections of land for an outer ring road.
1964
The Forth Road Bridge opens.
1969
Oil is discovered in the North Sea and production begins.
1971
Granite production in Aberdeen ends.
1975
The first North Sea oil arrives in Aberdeen. The Queen had formally begun the operation of the UK's first oil pipeline at a ceremony in Dyce.
1983
Aberdeen FC defeat Real Madrid 2-1 to win the European Cup Winners Cup in Gothenburg, Sweden.
1986
Grampian Regional Council’s Transport and Roads Committee supports a single carriageway, cross county route rather than the outer bypass, which would run closer to the city. The Cross Country Route is closer to the current AWPR line, going through Countesswells, Kingswells and East Brimmond and linking to a Milltimber bypass.
1990
The Bon Accord Shopping Centre opens.
1990
The Transportation and Roads Committee approves and agrees to fund a study to examine the options between the A92 south of Aberdeen and the A96 (T) to the north.
1992
A report from the Director of Roads goes to the Transportation and Roads Committee on a preferred route between the A92 and A96.
1996
The former Grampian Regional Council (GRC) identifies a new route for a bypass around Aberdeen from the A96, to the A90 Charleston.
1997
The Maritime Museum and the Gordon Highlanders Museum open.
1999
Following devolution through the Scotland Act, 1997, a Scottish Parliament is re-instated after 292 years.
2001
The oil industry is given a boost with the discovery of the Buzzard oilfield near Aberdeen.
2002/2003
A study is carried out on the northern section of the potential Aberdeen peripheral road route. After an extensive public consultation exercise, a route for the northern section of the new road is adopted by Aberdeen City and Aberdeenshire Councils.
2005
Following years of development, the preferred route corridor for the AWPR project is announced.
2006
Draft orders and the Environmental Statement are published for the AWPR project.
2008
A Public Local Inquiry is launched in September for the AWPR project, concluding in February 2009.
2009
Scottish Ministers decide to proceed with the AWPR project. The key partners for the project are Transport Scotland, Aberdeen City Council, Aberdeenshire Council and Scottish Futures Trust.
2009
Union Square Shopping Centre opens.
2010
Scottish Ministers decide to combine the Balmedie to Tipperty project, providing a continuous dual carriageway between Aberdeen and Ellon to remove the bottleneck caused by single carriageway.
2011
Scottish Ministers approve the AWPR/B-T project for construction.
2012
Former Alford Academy pupil, Emeli Sande's debut album Our Version of Events is a global hit, sitting at the UK's Official Albums Chart number one spot for 10 weeks.
2013
An Invitation to Tender is issued for the AWPR/B-T project.
2014
The preferred bidder for the AWPR/B-T project is appointed.
2014
Glasgow hosts the Commonwealth Games.
2014
The price of Brent crude oil falls by 44 percent to $49 per barrel, resulting in one of the most dramatic declines in the price of oil in recent history.
2014
Scotland’s largest Non Profit Distributing (NPD) contract, valued at around £530 million in net present value terms, is awarded to Aberdeen Roads Limited. The procurement process only took two years.
2016
The first section of the AWPR/B-T works, the Craibstone and Dyce Junctions, opens to traffic. This section was brought forward following requests from stakeholders and subsequent discussions with the contractor.
2017
The project’s 1000th beam is installed at Goval Junction.
2018
The completed AWPR/B-T to open to traffic.