Berryden corridor improvement

The project

The existing Berryden corridor facilitates journeys between the city centre, the north of Aberdeen and beyond. The corridor represents a pinch point in the city road network and has been identified as a route operating beyond its capacity leading to significant congestion and journey time delays, particularly at peak times.

The Berryden Corridor Improvement Project involves widening the existing road and junction improvements between Skene Square and Ashgrove Road, and constructing a new section of road between Ashgrove Road and Kittybrewster roundabout.

The project will provide substantial benefits across the north of the city and beyond including:

  • Improved journey times and connections. 
  • Reduced congestion.
  • Improved pedestrian and cycle provision.

It will also build on the benefits gained from the opening of Diamond Bridge further improving connections within the city.

Public engagement 

An overview of the online exhibition which was held from 19 November to 16 December 2019 is still available to view.

A public exhibition, was also held at Sainsbury’s, Berryden Road on 29 and 30 November 2019. Images of the boards displayed at the public exhibition can be downloaded from the links below:


Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO)

The use of Compulsory Purchase is necessary to acquire land required to build the project. Notice for the making of the Compulsory Purchase Order (CPO) was served in November 2018. In March 2020 Transport Scotland were requested to pass the CPO to the Planning and Environmental Appeals Division (DPEA) of the Scottish Government.  They are currently examining the CPO along with the outstanding objections and will likely initiate a public inquiry.  It is anticipated that the CPO process will conclude in 2021. 

You can read the Scottish Government's guide to compulsory purchase and compensation on their website at the link below:

Compulsory Purchase and Compensation

The Compulsory Purchase Order can be inspected on request at Marischal College. 

Download the CPO map below:

Download the Statement of Reasons below:


Planning Applications & Other Consents

To progress the project, a number of planning applications and other consents are required. These were granted by the Planning Authority in 2020.   Planning permissions relate to the new section of road between Ashgrove Road and St Machar Drive, and the proposed alteration of a building. Conservation area consents are required for alterations to a number of buildings and listed building consent for alteration of a boundary wall and repositioning of a March stone.

The road widening from Skene Square to Ashgrove Road is considered permitted development under the Town and Country Planning (General Permitted Development) (Scotland) Order 1992.  

Documents pertaining to the Planning Application can be found under ‘Related Documents’. 


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