Absolutely, it is hard to contemplate that it was around 1948 when a new road was first discussed.
The new bypass, which is made up of Southern, Central and Northern Sections, has made life-changing differences to road users in and around the city.
I still find it hard to believe that during what was previously rush hour traffic there is literally no traffic at the Bridge of Dee roundabout. It has total transformed journey times to work and to the economy of the North East as a whole.
The bypass has also made a huge difference to access to Aberdeen International Airport which now has been enhanced by a 50% increase in the size of the terminal.
There are positive benefits to the environment as the AWPR takes slow moving traffic from the city, thus improving air quality making journey times into Aberdeen a safer and more enjoyable experience.
As is always the case there are winners and losers when regenerating a city.
When the bypass first opened I travelled up and down it to get a feel for the layout. It was apparent just how many property owners have been affected by the new bypass. Having previously been surrounded by fields, the bypass has spoiled their rural pastures and once quiet communities.
Aberdeen has a continued vision for a thriving and vibrant city and the AWPR along with major ongoing improvements to the city centre, as a whole, we will see Aberdeen once again being seen as an attractive place to visit.
This is a new chapter for Aberdeen and there are exciting times ahead.
Marie Clark, Branch Manager Aberdeen
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