1948: The idea for the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR) first emerges when council officials met on a farm north of Maryculter to carry out studies on a possible new road. The £1m cost was judged to be too high however as the area recovered from the Second World War.
1980s: Grampian Regional Council gave the route serious consideration again.
January 27, 2003 Then First Minister Jack McConnell announces plans to build a bypass around Aberdeen.
February 19, 2006 Opposition group RoadSense is formed by residents living on the proposed route. Its members are angered that the route chosen was not included in a consultation by the Scottish Executive.
October 12, 2007 A public inquiry into the proposed route is announced following 8000 objections. A target completion date in 2012 is set for the bypass.
December 2008 The public inquiry concludes leaving the three reporters to draw their conclusions.
December 2009 The plans to build the bypass are approved by ministers.
April 26, 2010 RoadSense, led by William Walton, announces it will appeal against the route in the courts.
January 20, 2011 RoadSense win a legal ruling meaning their legal costs will be covered for an appeal to the Court of Session.
February 22, 2011 RoadSense announces it will challenge the bypass decision at the Court of Session.
August 11, 2011 A legal challenge to the Court of Session is rejected.
August 31, 2011 RoadSense announces it will appeal the Court of Session’s decision.
February 29, 2012 A second legal challenge is thrown out by the Court of Session.
April 5, 2012 RoadSense announces it will appeal to the Supreme Court.
April 27, 2012 A date for an appeal to the Supreme Court is set for July.
May 18, 2012 Opponents of the route are dealt a blow when Supreme Court judges limited the amount the Scottish Government should have to pay for RoadSense’s legal bill leaving the group with only one legal representative instead of two.
May 24, 2012 QC Aidan O’Neill, who led the legal team in the landmark Cadder case which secured the right of suspects in Scotland to have access to a solicitor in a police station, is confirmed as the new head of RoadSense’s legal team along with a junior acting on a pro bono basis.
June 7, 2012 The leader of Aberdeenshire Council Jim Gifford admits the local authority’s local development plan could be “in trouble” if the AWPR is scrapped.
July 9, 2012 RoadSense’s appeal to the Supreme Court in London gets under way and lasts for two days.
July 10, 2012 Bob Collier, the chief executive of the Aberdeen & Grampian Chamber of Commerce, states that the problems caused by the lack of a bypass for Aberdeen is losing the area "tens of millions of pounds a year".
October 17, 2012 Supreme Court refuses RoadSense’s latest appeal.
October 29, 2012 The Scottish Government reveals that, due to delays, the cost of the bypass has risen to more than £650m.
November 26, 2012 Investigation works get under way on the site of the long-awaited bypass.
Early 2013 – An industry day will be held to discuss tenders and publish official journal of the European Union (OJEU) notice.
Spring 2013 – The government will issue an invitation to tender.
Autumn 2014 – The contracts will be awarded and work will commence on the route.
Spring 2018 – The AWPR will be completed.
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