NE Scotland, Orkney & Shetland

Coalition deal agreed on River Don crossing in Aberdeen

An artist's impression of possible third Don crossing
Image caption The so-called third River Don crossing is aimed at improving access in the north of Aberdeen

A controversial new bridge over the River Don in Aberdeen will go through the Tillydrone area after a deal was struck between the council's ruling coalition partners.

Labour - the biggest group in the administration - previously opposed the so-called third Don crossing.

Now council leader Barney Crockett has said they do not have enough votes to continue to resist that route.

Labour has agreed to support their Conservative and Independent partners.

Residents 'heartbroken'

Mr Crockett accepted it was a "blow" for Labour but said it was time to move forward.

Tillydrone Labour councillor Ross Grant, who has campaigned for years to stop the bridge going through the local community, said residents were "heartbroken".

SNP leader Callum McCaig told BBC Scotland he was delighted the bridge could now go ahead.

More on this story

Related Internet links

The BBC is not responsible for the content of external Internet sites