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Public opening date for third Don crossing revealed

Aberdeen City Council leader Jenny Laing will cut the ribbon on Thursday, June 9.

Diamond Bridge: New bridge under construction earlier this year.
Diamond Bridge: New bridge under construction earlier this year. STV

The third Don crossing in Aberdeen is to be opened to the public on Thursday.

Aberdeen City Council leader Jenny Laing will cut the ribbon in front of children and VIP guests, while Lord Provost George Adam will be the first person driven over the Diamond Bridge.

Councillor Willie Young said the opening marked another milestone in the administration's vision for Aberdeen's wide-ranging transformation.

He said: "The third Don crossing is an integral part of this administration's investment in road infrastructure and our aim now is to link this new bridge to the Berryden corridor project in order to ease congestion and speed up journey times for people who live and work in the city.

"We are determined to make this happen and believe we are on course to do this.

"We are in the process of delivering the biggest regeneration project in the city's history and the third Don is a key part of this process - a process which will see roads, housing, power, digital and culture in Aberdeen transformed for future generations."

Mr Young added: "This project has been a challenge, particularly for the two areas of Tillydrone and Danestone, which have been most closely affected by the work. On behalf of this administration, I would like to thanks those communities for their patience.

"We will continue to invest heavily in Aberdeen's roads infrastructure with projects like the Berryden corridor and access from the south of the city as part of our wider strategic infrastructure programme.

"It will fundamentally improve the lives of everyone who lives in and around Aberdeen."

As part of the work, Bedford Road was closed from 6am on Monday to allow the installation of a bus gate.

Only buses will be able to access the road until Monday, June 6.

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