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Projected Aberdeen bypass costs almost double to £653m

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October 29 2012

Projected Aberdeen bypass costs almost double to £653m
Plans to construct the Aberdeen bypass, recently approved by the Supreme Court, has hit a fresh stumbling block with news that the projected bill for the 28 mile route has nearly doubled from £347m in 2008 to £653m today.

Transport Minister Keith Brown has blamed a succession of delays incurred by a tortuous legal process, brought about by repeated legal challenges mounted by a campaign group fighting against the plans, has led to the ‘substantial increase’.

Outlining the basis for the price hike Brown told MSP's it reflected "scope changes, the inclusion of standard risk costs and rebasing to 2012 prices", with inflation alone contributing £230m to the increase.

Construction work on the perennially delayed route is expected to commence in autumn 2014 for completion by spring 2018.

2 Comments

Auntie Nairn
#1 Posted by Auntie Nairn on 29 Oct 2012 at 13:42 PM
If inflation is currently around 2% how on earth can £230m be attributable to inflation? As with most things associated with MP's, I suspect we are not getting the whole truth.
IDM
#2 Posted by IDM on 30 Oct 2012 at 23:03 PM
Possibly because the 2008 figure quoted was based on 2003 costings, so 9 years of inflation. Too late in the evening to work out if that explains it, I'll leave that to you!

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