Claims by­pass could cost ‘mil­lions more’

The Scotsman - - Around Scotland -

The de­layed Aberdeen by­pass could cost builders “hun­dreds of mil­lions” of pounds more than the con­tract signed with the Scot­tish Govern­ment, it has been claimed.

The £745 mil­lion 28-mile by­pass was ap­proved by Scot­tish min­is­ters in 2009. There have been is­sues with bridge con­struc­tion. Labour MSP Lewis Mac­don­ald said the gap be­tween what the govern­ment is pay­ing and what it is cost­ing to build is a nine­fig­ure sum. Trans­port Sec­re­tary Michael Math­e­son said he held a “con­struc­tive” meet­ing with Aberdeen Roads on Thurs­day.

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