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Third River Don crossing in Aberdeen costs rise to £18m

An artist's impression of possible third Don crossing Image copyright Not Specified
Image caption The crossing is aimed at improving access in the north of Aberdeen

The total cost of a controversial new road bridge project in Aberdeen is expected to be about £18m.

The so-called third Don crossing will link the Bridge of Don and Tillydrone, improving access in the north of Aberdeen.

A figure of £15.5m had previously been attached to the project.

It is understood the new figure is down to increased building costs, land purchases, underground pipe work, and staff and consultancy fees.

Balfour Beatty has been selected to construct the new bridge.

The bridge was given the go-ahead last year after the council's ruling Labour party - which had long been against the bridge - dropped its opposition.

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