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School's bypass costs criticised

The bypass is aimed at easing traffic and improving business

Campaigners against the Aberdeen bypass have criticised the £51m cost of moving a school to make way for the road.

The International School is being moved as part of the project, which is aimed at easing traffic congestion and improving business.

Campaign group Road Sense said the costs could not be justified and should signal the end of the bypass plans.

Transport Scotland said provisions were still being made for the scheme at between £295m and £395m.

Henry Irvine-Fortescue, of the campaign group, said: "Most people don't believe the absurdly low-cost price tag on this road."

Meanwhile, West Aberdeenshire and Kincardine MSP Mike Rumbles expressed concern that costs for both the new Forth Road bridge plus the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow could put the future of the bypass into question.

A public local inquiry concluded in December, leaving the three reporters to make their recommendations to the Scottish Government.

Opponents have already criticised the environmental impact of the plans as well as the cost.

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