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Bam Nuttall docked £10m in late fees

Cambridgeshire county council has confirmed it has docked Bam Nuttall £10 million to-date as a project has run two years late.

The local authority said it has been deducting almost £14,000 a day due to late delivery of the Cambridgeshire Guided Busway project.

The council released a statement in which it confirmed Bam has claimed the project is complete, but has yet to submit five construction and design certificates.

It states: “Both design and construction certificates are essential for the council to be confident that the scheme has been built correctly.

“The project manager, who is independent of both the council and Bam Nuttall, cannot certify the contract as complete until the most important certificates for the main structures have been received and are satisfactory.”

The council also said a further 47 construction certificates, that had been previously been rejected, need to be resubmitted.

Once the contract is complete, Bam Nuttall will have 28 days to complete defects on the route, including a defect between St Ives and Cambridge which the council stated has yet to be corrected despite Bam being told of the defects two years ago.

Cabinet member for growth, infrastructure and strategic planning, Roy Pegram said: “The Busway is not any longer, any wider or any higher than when the contract was awarded so it is clearly unacceptable that Bam Nuttall have taken two years longer than they should to build the route.

“Residents and everyone at the council would have rightly expected to see buses running a long while ago, but the contractor’s delays have directly resulted in £10 million in damages being stripped from the firm.”

Readers' comments (1)

  • The silence from BAM Nutt is deafening and the above report is totally unbalanced. "No longer, wider or higher ..........'. Not sign of co-laborative working then?

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