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Old May 4th, 2013, 10:02 PM   #81
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Is that the gas installation next to the existing A8 offslip? Will that all have to be moved?

Do you know if the electricity pylons which were removed a couple of years back was to make way for the road also? They ran right along the route.
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Old May 4th, 2013, 11:23 PM   #82
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Is that the gas installation next to the existing A8 offslip? Will that all have to be moved?

Do you know if the electricity pylons which were removed a couple of years back was to make way for the road also? They ran right along the route.
I dont have the full details but I've read the public utilities work will be costing £37 million and will include diverting a high pressure gas mains and constructing a new gas governor station. I don't know anything about the pylons.
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Old May 7th, 2013, 08:06 PM   #83
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AWPR

7 May 2013

A funding agreement has been reached for the AWPR/Balmedie-Tipperty, capping payments for the Councils.

The funding agreement, which sees the Scottish Government confirm its 81% share of £745 million costs, will ensure Aberdeen City Council and Aberdeenshire Council’s 9.5% share is capped at £75 million each.

The news of this arrangement comes on the same day a shortlist of construction firms bidding for the scheme contract is formally published. The consortia Transport Scotland are inviting to take part in competitive dialogue are:

Granite City: Macquarie Capital: Vialia
North East Roads Partnership: Cintra Infrastructures SA; Bilfinger Project Investments GmbH
Scotia Roads Group: BAM PPP; Costain; Iridium; Sir Robert McAlpine Capital
Connect Roads: Balfour Beatty Investments; Carillion Private Finance; Galliford Try
Transport Minister Keith Brown said:

“The benefits of the AWPR and Balmedie are clear, with the scheme expected to deliver 14,200 jobs in the north east and boosting the economy to the tune of £6 billion over the next 30 years. After years of delay, we should not underplay the need to ensure the pace in delivering this vital project continues.

“These two latest developments are great news for everyone involved in the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route. They clearly demonstrate the welcome progress made, in a relatively short period of time, since the Supreme Court dismissed the appeal last October.

“The Industry Day held in January this year received high interest from some of the world’s leading construction companies with over 150 delegates from 60 different organisations.

“The AWPR will improve journey times, reduce congestion and help open up wider markets for the regionally and nationally important economy of the north-east delivering benefits of both local and national importance.

“Alongside FRC and the M8 M73 M74 Motorway improvements, the AWPR/B-T project is one of a number of major transport projects being taken forward by the Scottish Government.”

Speaking about the bidder shortlist Leader of Aberdeenshire Council Cllr Jim Gifford said:

“I am very pleased to hear that the approved bidders have been selected.

“Clearly a lot of work will have gone into these bids for what is a project of huge importance to the north-east. I look forward to the outcome of the tender process.”

Aberdeen City Council Finance Convener Willie Young said:

"There's been huge interest both nationwide and internationally in the AWPR contract.

“I'm very pleased that these major organisations have come forward and bid for the contract, allowing us to move forward to selecting a contractor and beginning work on the route."

The project is being delivered under an NPD model, ensuring best value for taxpayers money. The successful contractor will be required to deliver on the job training for apprentices and local employment opportunities.

The Contract is expected to be awarded and work start in 2014, with construction completion expected in 2018.

http://www.transportscotland.gov.uk/...pperty-funding
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Wee story relating to the A96 dualling.

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Work to push ahead on A96 upgrade



Some of the work needed to completely dual the A96 by 2030 is to be done over the next few
years, the Scottish government has said.

Only short stretches of the road between Inverness and Aberdeen are dual carriageway.

Transport Minister Keith Brown said the A96 plans were less advanced than those for the A9,
but that the government was committed to the project.

The A9 from Inverness to Perth is due to be fully dual carriageway by 2025.

Work which is being pushed ahead for the A96 includes assessments of possible options for
bypasses at Forres, Elgin, Keith and Inverurie.

Design work has already started on a bypass for Nairn and upgrading the road between Inverness
and Nairn.

Mr Brown said: "Our plans to dual the A96 by 2030 will deliver around 86 miles of improvements
between the cities of Inverness and Aberdeen.

Full story: http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotlan...lands-22465866
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Old June 1st, 2013, 01:07 PM   #85
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A9 project = Wee Eck / Tartan Tories disgrace -- 72 wasted months.
Only 12 years to go -- What a shambles.
£180mill in fees -- great work if you can get it.

20 miles of dualling is ready to go based on the original -- sadly thrifted 60/70's design.
What do we get nothing beyond the original patch and mend Civil Service plan.

The planned costs are a disgrace.
We are the soft touch of Western Europe when it comes to civil engineering.
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Old June 1st, 2013, 06:59 PM   #86
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RKT

A9 project = Wee Eck / Tartan Tories disgrace -- 72 wasted months.
Only 12 years to go -- What a shambles.
£180mill in fees -- great work if you can get it.

20 miles of dualling is ready to go based on the original -- sadly thrifted 60/70's design.
What do we get nothing beyond the original patch and mend Civil Service plan.

The planned costs are a disgrace.
We are the soft touch of Western Europe when it comes to civil engineering.
What an outdated term.
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Old June 1st, 2013, 10:52 PM   #87
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Hendy @ 5.59.

Tartan Tories !?!

Well let's see ...

Small town, small minded flag wavers -- Check.
Low corporation tax, pro business sugar daddy, Neo con economics -- Check.
Bank loving, financial services worshipping City fan boys -- Check.
Murdoch lover -- Check.

Wee Eck is not the man he was in 87.
The fire has gone and he craves is power just for the sake of it.
Shame really, Gorgeous George and Tommy at least knew who the enemy is / was / and always will be.
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Old June 2nd, 2013, 03:56 PM   #88
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Visitors to enjoy Scottish landscapes



02/06/2013

The journey could become part of the holiday thanks to a new scheme to make the Scottish landscape more accessible – to visitors and Scots alike.

The Scottish Scenic Routes initiative aims to capitalise on the fact that many of Scotland’s roads offer the ideal vantage point to admire the nation’s spectacular scenery.

The project has received £500,000, as part of the £205 million package of measures announced by the Scottish Government to support jobs and growth in Scotland.

Uniquely designed viewing platforms and viewpoints will be created at the roadside of our most scenic routes, such as the A82, to significantly improve the journey experience by creating new places to stop and enjoy Scotland’s landscapes.

Inspired by Norway’s spectacular viewpoints success story, Scotland plans to achieve a range of economic and cultural benefits by:

• Enhancing visitors holiday experience

• Making journeys through the landscape more enjoyable

• Creating opportunities for young Scottish design talent to re-imagine the landscape

• Providing job opportunities to local/rural communities

• Attracting more visitors to spend more time enjoying the Scottish countryside

... continues @ Scotland.gov.uk
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Old June 3rd, 2013, 07:49 PM   #89
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A9 Dualling



Exhibition material: http://www.transportscotland.gov.uk/a9dualling
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Old June 3rd, 2013, 11:15 PM   #90
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C99 @ 6.49

Some flagship project.
Wee Eck is just so much "piss and wind" at this rate.
It will take him 8 years to start the upgrade beginning with the smallest section.
What a joke.

And what a joke at the elements left out.
No Dunblane flyover and no Perth roundabout upgrades.
Just what are we getting for all the money that is going to be invested?

Finally when did we go metric?
Why are all transport projects measured in Km's?
Is it to make them look better value?

What is the current budget for this thrifted upgrade?
Pathetic and yet the fan boys will clap.
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Old June 3rd, 2013, 11:58 PM   #91
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C99 @ 6.49

Some flagship project.
Wee Eck is just so much "piss and wind" at this rate.
It will take him 8 years to start the upgrade beginning with the smallest section.
What a joke.

And what a joke at the elements left out.
No Dunblane flyover and no Perth roundabout upgrades.
Just what are we getting for all the money that is going to be invested?

Finally when did we go metric?
Why are all transport projects measured in Km's?
Is it to make them look better value?

What is the current budget for this thrifted upgrade?
Pathetic and yet the fan boys will clap.
What's Labour's alternative? They seem to have no policy or vision for Scotland, or is it just London HQ haven't told wee Lamont what to say yet.

But being serious, please tell us exactly what Salmond is personally doing so wrong with this project and give evidence as to why you think others would be any better.
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Old June 5th, 2013, 02:26 AM   #92
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Visitors to enjoy Scottish landscapes



02/06/2013

The journey could become part of the holiday thanks to a new scheme to make the Scottish landscape more accessible – to visitors and Scots alike.

The Scottish Scenic Routes initiative aims to capitalise on the fact that many of Scotland’s roads offer the ideal vantage point to admire the nation’s spectacular scenery.

The project has received £500,000, as part of the £205 million package of measures announced by the Scottish Government to support jobs and growth in Scotland.

Uniquely designed viewing platforms and viewpoints will be created at the roadside of our most scenic routes, such as the A82, to significantly improve the journey experience by creating new places to stop and enjoy Scotland’s landscapes.

Inspired by Norway’s spectacular viewpoints success story, Scotland plans to achieve a range of economic and cultural benefits by:

• Enhancing visitors holiday experience

• Making journeys through the landscape more enjoyable

• Creating opportunities for young Scottish design talent to re-imagine the landscape

• Providing job opportunities to local/rural communities

• Attracting more visitors to spend more time enjoying the Scottish countryside

... continues @ Scotland.gov.uk
"Visitors to enjoy Scottish landscapes" - didn't they enjoy them before?

As someone who has been to the north of Scotland a number of times, the journey has ALWAYS been part of the holiday for me! From pretty much as soon as you cross the border into Scotland, right through Glasgow and into the Highlands. But of course any extra vantage points are a welcome bonus.
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Old July 10th, 2013, 12:41 AM   #93
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Another three dead in a smash on the A9 today:

http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-scotland-23250281

I know we'd all like the ideal of better public transport over yet more roads spending, but the human and financial cost of these accidents is enormous and the sooner the road is dualled the better.
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Old July 10th, 2013, 03:19 PM   #94
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Whilst this is true it's also a fact that bad driving plays a major part in these incidents.

Maybe if people stopped driving like dicks other people would stop dying.
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I did actually hover over using the word, but c'mon, the syntax and semantics probably provide little comfort to the nearest and dearest of those killed in crashes caused by the poor judgement of another driver. The A9 recorded 67 fatalities between 2006 and 2010, and probably, what, at least another dozen since?

Human error/idiocy can never be totally eradicated so it all comes down to risk management, surely, not to mention the cold financial cost of each fatality (£1.8m or so - http://www.bbc.co.uk/news/uk-15975564)
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Old July 11th, 2013, 05:46 PM   #97
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FD @ 10.58 / yonks ago

You ask for an alternative.
Stop the council tax freeze and use the savings to improve the A9 quicker.

Wee Eck doing cheap shot / neo con / middle class welfare / populist tax reductions is costing lives on the roads, helping his rich pals and it is poor economics.

Where are we now with this gallery playing?
Looking at a total cost of £1.2bill and counting.
Oh well at least the German car industry is benefitting.
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FD @ 10.58 / yonks ago

You ask for an alternative.
Stop the council tax freeze and use the savings to improve the A9 quicker.

Wee Eck doing cheap shot / neo con / middle class welfare / populist tax reductions is costing lives on the roads, helping his rich pals and it is poor economics.

Where are we now with this gallery playing?
Looking at a total cost of £1.2bill and counting.
Oh well at least the German car industry is benefitting.
Fat Moron is back, ladies and gentlemen.
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Old July 12th, 2013, 01:02 AM   #99
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TFEOAIB @ 10.31

Answer the question ya rocket.

Wee Eck and the A9 -- 74 wasted months?
Wee Eck and his tax cutting / service cutting agenda -- Neo Con economics?
Wee Eck and his policy / service delivery by press release -- Useless or what?

EGIP -- Neutered and then some / delivery slipping by the minute.
Airport links -- Gone up in smoke / fog of aviation kerosene.
Useless "hybrid ferries" -- Corporate welfare / soundbite generator / joke in the real world.

Some boy "our" Wee Eck.
All he amounts to is a fat sorry well fed TS without the libido and the principles.
However be does have a fan boy / happy clappy booster club.

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