North East Kids Encouraged To Play Safe This Summer

School pupils visited the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route/Balmedie to Tipperty (AWPR/B-T) project’s main offices today to find all out about the project and learn about the dangers of construction sites.

Construction machinery, unstable land and open excavations were just some of the topics that pupils from Kirkhill Primary School from Aberdeen and Foveran Primary School from Ellon heard about.

Graham Edmond, Head of Construction at Transport Scotland, said:

“The construction of this critical and large infrastructure project is now well underway and, as you would expect of a project of this scale, there will be a significant increase in the level of construction activity over the summer months.

“The construction works are already highly visible and stretch across rural and urban areas. We know that this could make the AWPR/B-T site an attractive place for children to explore, particularly during summer holidays.

“However, we want to get the message across that construction sites are dangerous places and that the best way to stay safe is to stay away."

Aberdeen City Council Education and Children’s Convener Councillor Angela Taylor added:

“Construction sites are very dangerous if used as a playground. Any initiative which discourages children and young people from entering them and exploring machinery is to be welcomed.”

Co-Leader of Aberdeenshire Council Cllr Martin Kitts-Hayes commented:

“Children are by their very nature inquisitive beings, and while that’s a good thing it’s important that they should never put themselves in danger.

“This visit will give pupils plenty of detail about the project, while reminding them of the importance of site safety.”

Co-Leader Cllr Richard Thomson said:

“With the school holidays upon us it’s important that our young people make the most of the outdoors but that they stay clear of potentially dangerous areas like construction sites.

“This isn’t just a good message for AWPR/B-T; it’s one I hope will stay with pupils throughout their school lives.”

Alan Gibson, General Manager for Aberdeen Roads Limited, said:

“We are a responsible company and as such the safety of the local community, road users and our workforce are of paramount importance to us.

“This event is giving us the opportunity to raise awareness of the dangers of construction sites but we are not stopping there. We will be sending head teachers across the north east a leaflet for school pupils explaining why they should stay away from our construction site. This leaflet will also be available online.

“However, we would also like to ask parents to ensure their children stay safe this summer and throughout the construction period.”

Notes to editors

An audio clip from Graham Edmond for radio broadcasters can be downloaded from Transport Scotland's audioboom account

Images of today’s visit can be requested from Derek Ironside on 01224 594000 or 07836 546 009, Email:

A safety leaflet aimed at children to highlight the dangers of live construction sites can be found here -

For more information on the scheme, visit

Published 24 Jun 2015