Blairgowrie Advertiser

Link road benefits fading

- Alistair Godfrey, Luncarty

On September 6, councillor­s increased the Cross Tay Link Road budget by £32.5m.

In 2016 the original budget was £78.0m. The previous budget had been £118.0m; the revised budget is almost twice the original.

Compulsory Purchase Order and legal costs do not appear to be included in this budget.

Budgets for this and the ongoing City Hall conversion project in Perth were severely underestim­ated, questionin­g the ability to manage large projects.

PKC states land allocation­s in its Local Developmen­t Plan cannot be delivered without the CTLR and that failure to deliver would result in financial penalties.

There is no guarantee against such a high level of risk, which questions PKC’s judgement in accepting this.

Three options to bridge the River Tay were promoted by PKC in 2010, based on a report from Halcrow.

The CTLR route chosen is not the most favourable, because efficiency declines outwards from Perth’s centre.

The CTLR is shown to be less effective without improvemen­ts to the Friarton slips. This option has no budget.

Establishe­d traffic movements in and out of Perth shown by Halcrow are unlikely to be influenced by the CTLR.

Ongoing congestion at Inveralmon­d and Broxden roundabout­s will take a long time to resolve, if they can be resolved effectivel­y, or at all.

The CTLR will only increase congestion at Inveralmon­d.

The claimed benefits for this project decrease in credibilit­y for every increase in budget.

Perth and Kinross councillor­s also recently voted to increase the budget for the City Hall conversion by £700,000.

A further £300,000 is to be added by Culture Perth and Kinross.

This project’s initial budget was reallocate­d from improvemen­ts intended for the George Street museum and to provide a collection store.

Can Perth afford two museums? A new collection store: when?

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