Contractors invited to give evidence over Scot Govt’s bungling of AWPR


The Scottish Parliament’s Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee has written to Aberdeen Roads Ltd (ARL), today, calling on the contractors for the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route to give evidence to the committee on 5th December, over delays to the opening of the road and the Scottish Government’s mishandling of the contract.

North East MSP Mike Rumbles, who is a member of the committee and transport spokesperson for the Scottish Liberal Democrats, said:

 

“Not only has the Scottish Government bungled the contract for the road, it has misrepresented the facts of the delay.

 

“20 miles of completed road, between Stonehaven and Westhill, is ready for the public but cannot be opened without the contractors say-so. That is not good enough, opening the section of the road that is ready for traffic would help alleviate congestion in the city and benefit those travelling south on the A90.

 

“In September, local press reported that work on the bridge over the Don was far from complete, now we know that concerns were raised by the contractor as far back as April, and yet the Minister has waited until November to provide us with the details.   

 

“The Scottish Government has been quick to blame others for every blunder and every delay, including the weather, unforeseen events and now the contractor. The truth of the matter is that  the minister has completely failed to get control of the situation.

 

“The AWPR is now a year overdue and it is only right that the contractor has a chance to set the record straight in front of the committee.”

 

ENDS

 

Notes for editors:

 

  • Text of letters from Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee to the Contractors sent on 8th November 2018:

 

Balfour Beatty:

 

I am writing regarding the delay to the opening of the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR).

 

The Cabinet Secretary for Transport recently made a statement to Parliament saying that the delay was due to the actions of the contractors working on this project. The Committee has also received correspondence from local MSPs, requesting that the Committee takes evidence from the contractors to obtain their views on this issue.

 

Consequently, the Committee has agreed to invite both of the principal contractors who make up the Aberdeen Roads Limited consortium (Galliford Try and Balfour Beatty) to give evidence to the Committee at its meeting of Wednesday 5 December.

 

Please could you indicate whether a representative of your company would be available to give evidence on that date? I would be grateful if you could respond by Friday 16 November.

 

Galliford Try:

 

I am writing regarding the delay to the opening of the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR).

 

The Cabinet Secretary for Transport recently made a statement to Parliament saying that the delay was due to the actions of the contractors working on this project. The Committee has also received correspondence from local MSPs, requesting that the Committee takes evidence from the contractors to obtain their views on this issue.

 

Consequently, the Committee has agreed to invite both of the principal contractors who make up the Aberdeen Roads Limited consortium (Galliford Try and Balfour Beatty) to give evidence to the Committee at its meeting of Wednesday 5 December.

 

Please could you indicate whether a representative of your company would be available to give evidence on that date? I would be grateful if you could respond by Friday 16 November.

 


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