Trans­port chief says com­pen­sa­tion bid may be set­tled in court

Evening Express (City Final) - - News - BY LEE MCCANN

TRANS­PORT Sec­re­tary Michael Mathe­son has ad­mit­ted a le­gal wran­gle over costs for the Aberdeen by­pass could end up in court. Speak­ing to the Evening Ex­press, Mr Mathe­son said Aberdeen Roads Lim­ited would need to have clear ev­i­dence for any re­quest to Trans­port Scot­land for money above the £745 mil­lion fixed price pre­vi­ously agreed. He said: “There is a process that con­trac­tors en­gage with Trans­port Scot­land in but it is the re­spon­si­bil­ity of the con­trac­tor to sub­stan­ti­ate any claim they feel they have got.” De­spite the Evening Ex­press’ un­der­stand­ing that ARL is poised to launch a claim for in the re­gion of £350m ex­tra from the Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment, Mr Mathe­son in­sisted “there is no fig­ure at­tached to these mat­ters” at the mo­ment. He added: “I made it very clear to par­lia­ment there would need to be ev­i­dence and data to sup­port such a claim. Ul­ti­mately, if this can’t be achieved through this process it may be a mat­ter that would have to be dealt with by the courts.” Mr Mathe­son went on to say he felt con­trac­tors could have opened the Stone­haven to Craib­stone route ear­lier. He said: “I’m de­lighted the con­trac­tor has fi­nally agreed to open up this sec­tion. My view is they could have had this sec­tion of the road open much ear­lier, given that it was ready for use back in Oc­to­ber.” Mr Mathe­son said Trans­port Scot­land was told of bridge de­fects on the new A90 Don Bridge in May but they were de­scribed as “mi­nor”. He said: “Con­trac­tors did no­tify Trans­port Scot­land of bridge de­fects, but at the time they were no­ti­fied they were mi­nor de­fects and they were still pro­ject­ing to have an open­ing date in late au­tumn. “It was only on Oc­to­ber 26 they come back and stated the de­fects were more sub­stan­tial than they orig­i­nally thought and it would take a longer pe­riod to ad­dress these is­sues than orig­i­nally ap­pre­ci­ated.”

Newspapers in English

Newspapers from UK

© PressReader. All rights reserved.