Rumbles: Clear Forth crossing would open late


Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP today said it was obvious that the new Queensferry Crossing would be delayed again, after it was confirmed it will not now open by the contractual completion date.

Cabinet Secretary Keith Brown revealed at the Rural Economy and Connectivity committee that the bridge will now open between mid-July and the end of August. It had originally been due to open in December 2016.

Mr Rumbles said:

“Workers made it clear to me in October that this project was not going to be delivered on time and that the SNP Government had not built in enough contingency time. Did the Economy Secretary seriously not suspect anything until Monday?

“It is now eight months behind the timetable heralded just last May. For a project that was supposed to showcase the competence of this Scottish Government, there has been an awful lot of rescheduling and there is still a lot of work to be done before the crossing is finished.”


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