The Scottish Government has announced that the AWPR is to go ahead but that the Aberdeen Crossrail project will not proceed. All this just a few days after the close of Copenhagen at which Alex Salmond trumpted the Scottish Government commitment to reducing CO2 emissions.
I have always been a skeptic re the AWPR: the major problem with Aberdeen is peak hours commuter congestion. And public transport and better planning could deal with these without building a dual carriageway around the city.
I will be fascinated to see hear any arguments detailing how this road will reduce CO2 emissions - and please don't just say that congested traffic is inefficient: high speeds are inefficient too and journey lengths may be longer. Every new road built has generated more traffic and the planned developments in the Blackdog-Peterhead corridor will guarantee this.
But what is vexing me is how this road will be paid for. The current estimates for the road are £295-395m of which about £100m has already been spent. Now no-one believes the bill be simply be the £395m by the time it is built. But let's take the £395 figure, in which case Aberdeenshire and Aberdeen City Council will each need to find £37.5m.
Both councils have funding pressures and this will only get worse over the next 5 to 10 years.
How is the Scottish Government going to fund this? Can the councils afford it?