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Barratt Homes issues advice to commuters ahead of road closure

13/03/14

Barratt Homes is encouraging commuters who normally use Aberdeen's Mugiemoss Road to plan their journey ahead of its scheduled closure on 16 March.

A section of Mugiemoss Road will be closed for four months while essential upgrading of existing service mains is carried out along with other works, ahead of the redevelopment of the former Davidson's Paper Mill. A total of 288 new homes are planned for the area, including 28 affordable housing units.

The housebuilder will be upgrading the existing road whilst utilities companies upgrade and install new services, including sewer, water, gas and electricity mains, along with communications ducting. The works shall include upgrading the pavements.

Subsequent delays on surrounding roads, including Auchmill Road, the Parkway and Scotstown Road, as well as at the Haudagain roundabout, are likely as a result of displaced traffic. However, buses and taxis should not be affected by the extra traffic as a result of Auchmill Road's dedicated bus lanes.

Douglas McLeod, Regional Director (Scotland) for Barratt Homes, commented: "Whilst the road is closed to ensure public safety and to minimise disruption, we would encourage commuters to look into alternative routes and timings, as well as public transport, in order to minimise disruption to their schedules.

"The works will provide a new junction for the future development of a new road linking Mugiemoss Road directly to Stoneywood Road, alleviating traffic to the west end of Mugiemoss Road. Whilst we apologise for any inconvenience caused, we are confident that this activity will bring favourable long-term benefits to the city of Aberdeen, including the allocation of much-needed affordable housing."

The contractor will be working six days a week from 7am until 8pm Monday to Friday, and from 7am until 4pm on Saturdays in order to complete these works.

Barratt Homes anticipates construction of the new homes to begin in approximately two months' time, with a remote sales office expected in approximately one to two months.