Bosses of a controversial multimillion- pound road project have delayed launching a review into how much it will finally cost.
An assessment on the final bill for the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR) was scheduled to take place last month.
The consortium in charge of the work – construction giants Balfour Beattie, Galliford Try and Carillion – have struggled to keep expenses down on the £745million scheme.
Now a so-called Cost to Complete (CTC) assessment on the 36-mile north-east route, which is managed by Transport Scotland, has been postponed until early next year.
A review is expected to take place in January after AWPR commercial director and Carillion executive Phil Kolon discussed the issue at a management meeting in September.
The decision was confirmed in an email sent to staff by the project’s commercial manager Andrew Jackson, also a Carillion boss.
A projected build cost of the AWPR was originally £ 400million when plans were announced in 2011.
Economy Minister Keith Brown has already pledged that delays and soaring costs on the AWPR won’t hit the taxpayer, who will only pay figures agreed in the contract. Politicians
DELAYS Builders work on the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route