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Aberdeen bypass: Airport junctions to open early

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Image caption The completion date for the bypass was moved forward last month

Key junctions of the Aberdeen bypass are due to open by autumn 2016, more than a year before the road is fully completed.

The Craibstone and Dyce junctions near the airport, as well as the Balmedie-Tipperty section of the road, are now expected to be delivered early.

It follows the recent announcement that the bypass is due to be completed ahead of schedule.

Infrastructure Secretary Keith Brown is in Aberdeen to make the announcement.

The Craibstone and Dyce junctions at the airport will now open by autumn 2016, while the Balmedie-Tipperty section is expected to be finished by spring 2017.

The completion date for the entire £745m project was brought forward last month to the winter of 2017.

Mr Brown said the Scottish government had worked hard to secure these "early wins" and that airport users, local businesses and communities will welcome the news.

He added: "This good news will allow local plans in the Dyce Drive areas around the airport to be taken forward with certainty, and bring much needed relief to drivers accessing Aberdeen from the north of the city on the A90."

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