Cole-Hamilton: FM's Queensferry Crossing claims ring hollow

Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP for Edinburgh Western Alex Cole-Hamilton today said claims from the First Minister that the first the SNP government heard about potential delays to the Queensferry Crossing project was in May ring hollow.

Mr Cole-Hamilton was speaking after pressing the First Minister on yesterday’s announcement that the new bridge is now not expected to open to traffic until May 2017, months later than previously announced.

Commenting after First Minister’s Questions, Mr Cole-Hamilton said:

“Claims from the First Minister that the first the government heard of this delay was at the end of May will ring hollow to the many people in Edinburgh who have been aware of speculation over delays for months.

“There were media stories that construction was months behind schedule as far back as December last year. It was reported to me in January that the company producing the bridge deck was struggling to meet demand.

“This is a complex operation and problems on a project of this sort are always a possibility. But throughout it all the SNP have insisted the bridge was on time and on budget where there was clear evidence that deadlines were slipping.

“Are the SNP seriously expecting us to believe that they had heard nothing about all this before now? People in Edinburgh and Fife deserve full transparency.”

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