The Scottish Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Transport has refused to tell MSPs whether the public purse is exposed to a £250 million overrun claim issued by contractors responsible for the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route project.
North East MSP Mike Rumbles said: “The Scottish Government’s handling of the contract for the AWPR has been nothing less than shambolic. Contractors told the Rural Economy Committee in the autumn that costs for the project had risen from £745 million to as much as £1 billion and the minister still cannot tell us whether the Scottish Taxpayer will be asked to fork out for any of that extra cost.
“From start to finish the Scottish Government has covered up its incompetence by focusing on procedural issues. Now the Scottish Government will not tell the public whether the taxpayer is exposed to just some or all of the £250 million cost overrun.”