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Aberdeen bypass hit by added £20m cost and delay

Aberdeen bypass

The by-pass has suffered a number of add-on costs


Construction firm Galliford Try says work on the Aberdeen bypass will cost a further £20 million as the completion date is pushed back to December.

The £550m western peripheral route was due to open in the autumn but the firm has blamed “increased complexity” and weather delays in carrying out repairs to the bridge over the Don River.

Galliford, along with Balfour Beatty, took over the project following the collapse of Carillion and it has been hit by add-on costs and delays.

One of Scotland’s biggest motorway construction projects of recent years, the final impact of the costs on Galliford’s financial results will be determined by the result of a claim from its client, with whom “constructive” talks are ongoing, the company said in a statement.

Galliford said in February the Carillion’s liquidation had added to the cost overruns and increased its cash commitment for the project by over £150m.

Total cost overruns now add up to £143m.

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