MSP calls for end to money squabble
Aberdeen bypass contractors have been urged to stop “squabbling” over money amid reports they are attempting to claim £350 million from the Scottish Government.
North East MSP Lewis Macdonald said Aberdeen Roads Ltd and the government must stop arguing and concentrate on finishing the road.
The contractors Aberdeen Roads Ltd (ARL) this week told MSPs that they had lost “hundreds of millions” on the project which now had a total cost of £1 billion.
Despite the project having a fixed contract of £745m, the contractors are demanding compensation from Transport Scotland.
Yesterday, it was reported that ARL was seeking an additional £350m.
Mr Macdonald said: “The contractors and the Scottish Government must focus on getting the job finished first.
“When the road is finally open, there will be questions for both the contractors and the Scottish Government, about both the costs of the project and the contract ministers put in place.”
A Transport Scotland spokesperson said the AWPR cost remained £745m and ARL went into the project with “eyes open”.
“The Scottish Government is not willing to pay over the odds for the road on account of mistakes or miscalculations that are of the contractors’ making,” he added.
Meanwhile, thousands of homes in Aberdeen had to go without water for hours on Wednesday after a pipe developed an 18in crack due to work on the bypass.