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Balfour-Galliford JV asked to pay Aberdeen road repair bill

Aberdeenshire Council has confirmed it’s seeking compensation from the Balfour Beatty / Galliford Try joint venture building the Aberdeen bypass over damage to local roads.

The local body said there had been “significant damage” to some local routes because of thousands of tonnes of materials being moved on roads close to the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR) site.

The council revealed it was in talks with the JV with a view to getting it to contribute to the costs to repair the affected roads and bridges.

The council’s head of roads, landscape and waste services Philip McKay said: “The AWPR is a massive civil engineering project that has required many thousands of tonnes of materials to be moved around the vicinity of the route.

“Unfortunately, the volume and weight of this traffic has been extraordinary and far beyond the normal traffic loading that our more minor roads are accustomed to.

“This has led to significant damage to some routes and the maintenance costs are greatly above what would be expected for the average cost to maintain these type of rural roads.

“Therefore Aberdeenshire Council is in discussion with Aberdeen Roads Limited with a view to agreeing appropriate recompense for the repair of these damaged roads.

“A list of the roads that have been damaged will be used to ascertain which bridges are on those routes and inspect for damage over and above normal deterioration since the last condition inspection.”

Since the project began in February 2015, costs on the project have soared for the JV from £550m when work started on site to £745m, with severe weather being blamed for delays and damage to the project.

The collapse of Carillion has also had an impact on the scheme with Balfour Beatty and Galliford Try hit with costs estimated to be between £60m and £80m as a result of the contractor’s demise.

In March, Balfour Beatty chief executive Leo Quinn told CN he expected the company to spend a further £105m-£120m to complete the job.

A Transport Scotland spokesperson said: “The contractor for the project, Aberdeen Roads Limited (ARL), has confirmed its project team hold regular co-ordination meetings with the relevant Roads Authorities. It also confirms it has obtained all permissions from Aberdeenshire Council to use the existing road network when required.

“ARL is currently in on-going dialogue with Roads Authorities, but these discussions have not yet concluded.”

Balfour Beatty and Galliford Try both said due to the partnering nature of the project it was unable to comment.

 

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