Row flares as new delay hits £745m AWPR

08/11/2018
Chris Ames

A war of words over the much-delayed Aberdeen bypass has continued after a contractor confirmed that it will not be fully open until at least December.

In a trading statement, Galliford Try said the completion date for the final section of the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR), including the bridge over the River Don, is now expected to be in December, ‘owing to increased complexity and weather delays in implementing repairs to the bridge’.

The firm said that as a result of higher than anticipated direct costs, and the further delay to completion, its estimate of the final costs to complete the contract has increased by approximately £20m.

It added that the final impact on the firm’s financial results ‘will be determined more importantly by the result of the Group's significant claim, in respect of which the Board continues to pursue constructive discussions with the client’.

Following the collapse of Carillion in January, Galliford Try is one of two remaining parties (with Balfour Beatty) to Aberdeen Roads Limited (ARL), the consortium building the road.

Scotland’s cabinet secretary for transport, infrastructure and connectivity, Michael Matheson, has been increasingly critical of the consortium.

Last week he used a statement to the Scottish Parliament to urge the contractor to ‘stop deliberating and start acting’ over contractual changes needed to open the completed 31.5km section from Craibstone to Stonehaven and Charleston

Following the confirmation of a further delay, Mr Matheson said: ‘I’m pleased that ARL have accepted my call for an urgent meeting and I look forward to discussing a hopefully swift resolution to the technical issues at the Don Crossing. I have been encouraged by Galliford Try’s trading statement.

‘This confirms the Don Crossing is expected to be completed in December, which is in line with what the chief executive, Peter Truscott, told me last week, before subsequently sending a letter that cast doubt on this. Given this statement is bound by stock market rules, I trust this represents a true reflection of their confidence levels and I look forward to this being reinforced by ARL at the meeting.

He added: ‘Even more pressing, however, will be meaningful movement towards opening the remainder of the road as soon as possible. I can certainly see no impediment to this happening if ARL agree to the necessary contract variation on the table.

‘I am determined we continue to work constructively with ARL. However, I will also be reminding it that it stands at the beginning of a 30-year relationship with the North East and it would be highly regrettable if substantial economic and social benefits are effectively being withheld in service of misguided commercial tactics.’

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