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Aberdeen bypass 'facing two-year legal delay'

Bypass protestors
Public opinion led to a bypass inquiry in 2008

The building of the new Aberdeen bypass could be delayed by up to two years because of a legal challenge, it has been claimed.

Transport Scotland, the agency responsible for the road, made the claim about a Court of Session action.

Road Sense said it had instructed lawyers to begin action against the Scottish government's decision to give the go-ahead to the bypass.

It came after a long-running public local inquiry in 2008.

The road is aimed at providing a fast link between towns to the north, west and south of Aberdeen.

The Scottish government said the public local inquiry was necessary because of the public response.

Ministers announced shortly before Christmas they had approved the route scrutinised by the inquiry.

Finance Secretary John Swinney later said work would begin next year.

Opponents have criticised the cost, and the environmental impact, of the 28-mile scheme, and have expressed doubts it can still be completed for the earlier estimated cost of £395m.

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