Protest group mounts legal action against £395m Scottish scheme after public inquiry results in approval

Aberdeen's planned £395m bypass faces a further delay of up to two years from a new legal challenge, it is feared.

The project has already been held up by a lengthy public inquiry, but Scottish ministers announced in December 2009 that it would go ahead.

However, Transport Scotland, the agency charged with delivering the road, now faces an action in the Court of Session from protest group Road Sense.

The agency said that the challenge could create a further two-year delay to the bypass, which would provide a fast link between towns to the north, south and west of Aberdeen.

Opponents of the scheme are concerned about the environmental impact of the new 28-mile road and sceptical that it can be completed within the estimated £395m cost.