Ministers have been urged to “come clean” amid concerns a major road improvement project in Aberdeen will run over budget.
Last month it emerged works at the Haudagain roundabout – once dubbed the worst in the whole of Europe – would be delayed by six months.
This project is a priority for Aberdeen and the Scottish Government must make sure it doesn’t let the costs of the Haudagain upgrade spiral out of control like it did with the AWPR.
The people of Aberdeen have been waiting 13 years for this upgrade having first been announced in 2008 and taxpayers must see value for money.
This is why I’m calling on the SNP Government to come clean on any cost rises associated with the project.
Michael Matheson has said it’s too early but surely Transport Scotland must have new cost projections if they already know there will be at least a six-month delay to the upgrade.
I understand the impact Covid has had but the transport secretary has admitted that in addition to the site being closed for three months due to the pandemic, there has been another three months worth of delays that have occurred.
This shows other factors have also pushed back the completion date and it’s vital these are addressed to ensure the upgrade is finished by the end of the year.”
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