£745m tail­back

Sunday Mail (UK) - - News - Graeme Dono­hoe

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

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