Overview

The Haudagain Roundabout is a major road junction in Aberdeen and it is currently operating over its capacity. This causes significant queues and delays to traffic on the approach roads. The Haudagain Improvement scheme will identify potential options to alleviate the traffic congestion problem and deliver the preferred option.

What's happening?

The Scottish Government has committed to starting the construction of improvements to Haudagain once the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR) is completed, which is currently anticipated to be in winter 2017/18.

Project benefits

This project will improve traffic flow and journey time reliability on the approaches to the Haudagain Roundabout by reducing queuing.

Status

Details are available from the programme document.

Impact on travel

Temporary traffic management measures are expected to be in place for the duration of the works.

Traffic management

The travelling public should expect some disruption to their travel times during construction.

Environmental impact

An environmental and geotechnical review to assess the impact of the scheme on the surrounding environment was conducted.

Scheme History

A Scottish Transport Appraisal Guidance (STAG) report was published in July 2008 and identified the preferred option to solve the problem, which was to build a new link road through the Middlefield area. This was identified as 'option 5' in the STAG report.

Transport Scotland appointed Jacobs UK Limited in May 2013 as design consultants for the A90 / A96 Haudagain Improvement. Jacobs published a Design Manual for Roads and Bridges (DMRB) Stage 2 report in June 2014 which confirmed that option 5 was still the preferred option and that it continues to work effectively with the current development proposals.

Following publication of draft Orders on 26 June 2015 and consideration of representations received, Scottish Ministers advised that they were content to proceed with publication of Made Orders on Friday 17 February 2017. No challenges were received within the challenge period to the publication of the Made Orders.

Community engagement

Local Nursery Bids A Fond Farewell

Staff and children, both past and present, were on hand to witness the demolition of their former nursery in Aberdeen this week.

The building which was once home to Middlefield Community Project Nursery was demolished as part of ongoing works being carried out in preparation for the A90/A96 Haudagain Improvement Project.

Last year, the nursery relocated to a purpose-built facility within the Hub which has provided a number of additional benefits and improvements for the children including larger, open-plan space and better access to the outdoors. Despite the improved quality of care and facilities, staff and children - both former and present - felt a tinge of sadness that their former premises for over 20 years was to be demolished.

When the nursery contacted us, we and our demolition contractors, George Beattie and Sons Ltd were only too pleased to be able to accommodate a request for the nursery to visit the site and watch the demolition of the building.

Marie Macdonald, Nursery Manager at the Middlefield Community Project said:

“A big thank you to everyone that came yesterday to see the old nursery gradually go. It was lovely to share memories and speak to people who remembered the building fondly.

A big thank you also to everyone at Jacobs, George Beattie and Sons Ltd and Transport Scotland for being so helpful in keeping us updated, giving the children and staff high visibility vests to wear, hats, sweets, stickers and drinks. Also for getting and bringing up our old Project sign which we can put in our new building somewhere, as a reminder of the old place. Your generosity was very thoughtful and made the afternoon feel like a really nice shared experience for all involved.”

Work on this key improvement got underway in July when Transport Scotland’s demolition contractors, George Beattie and Sons Ltd started work to clear the site. Work to demolish the 30 buildings is progressing steadily in preparation for construction of the new road. Alan Beattie, George Beattie and Sons Ltd said:

“We are proud to be part of such a prestigious scheme, and were delighted to meet with Nursery Staff and children, past and present. It was a pleasure and hopefully we shall continue to form good relationships within the community. We wish the staff and children great success and happiness in their new premises.”

Emily Alfred, Project Manager for the Haudagain Improvement for Transport Scotland said:

“The demolition of the building which was once home to the Middlefield Nursery marks a nostalgic moment in progressing this vital scheme to reduce congestion and improve journey times for the people of Aberdeen.”

Nursery staff and children attending the event Nursery staff, children and parents attending the event Demolition in progress With the sign at the demolition

Route option public exhibitions

Public exhibitions were held by Transport Scotland in Aberdeen on 24 and 25 April 2014 at Lord Provost Henry E Rae Community Centre, Manor Avenue, Aberdeen, which gave the public the opportunity to view the preferred option for the Haudagain Improvement scheme. The following information was made available at the public exhibitions:

Please see below, the Public Exhibition Summary Report including Appendices:

Draft Orders

Draft road Orders and accompanying Environmental Statement were published on Friday 26 June 2015.

A90/A96 Haudagain Improvement Environmental Statement

A90/A96 Haudagain Improvement Environmental Statement – Non-Technical Summary

Public exhibitions were held by Transport Scotland in Aberdeen on 1 and 2 July 2015 at Lord Provost Henry E Rae Community Centre, Manor Avenue, Aberdeen, following publication of draft Orders and Environmental Statement for the scheme on 26 June 2015.

The following information was made available at the public exhibitions:

The Virtual Reality Model fly through is indicative and based on the current design.

Scottish Ministers' Decision

Following consideration of objections received to the draft orders Scottish Ministers decided that the holding of a Public Local Inquiry was not necessary and that the Orders should be made, subject to minor modifications.
Copy of the decision letter

Made Orders

Made Orders for the scheme were published on Friday 17 February 2017.

The A90 & A96 Trunk Roads (Haudagain Improvement) (Side Roads) Order 2017

The A90 & A96 Trunk Roads (Middlefield Place to Auchmill Terrace) Detrunking Order 2017

The A90 Trunk Road (Charleston to Blackdog) Detrunking (Variation) Order 2017

The A96 Trunk Road (Dyce Drive to Haudagain Roundabout) Detrunking (Variation) Order 2017

The A90 & A96 Trunk Roads (Haudagain Improvement) Compulsory Purchase Order 2017

The A90 & A96 Haudagain Improvement Scheme Open Space Exchange Proposals

The A90/A96 Haudagain Improvement Environmental Statement - Decision to proceed

Copies of the Orders together with the relevant plans may be inspected, free of charge, during normal business hours from 17 February 2017 until 31 March 2017 at:

The offices of Transport Scotland, Reception, 9th Floor, Buchanan House, 58 Port Dundas Road, Glasgow, G4 0HF from Monday to Thursday between the hours of 08:30 and 17:00 and on Friday between the hours of 08;30 and 16:30;

The offices of Aberdeen City Council, Marischal College, Broad Street, Aberdeen, AB10 1FY from Monday to Friday between the hours of 09:00 and 16:00;

Aberdeen City Council, Mastrick Access Point, Spey Road, Mastrick, Aberdeen, AB16 6SH from Monday to Friday between the hours of 09:00 and 16:00; and

‘The Hub’, the Lord Provost Henry E Rae Community Centre, Manor Avenue, Aberdeen, AB16 7UR between the hours of 09:00 and 17:00.