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Cole-Hamilton: People deserve answers over the projected delay to the Queensferry Crossing

July 18, 2016 1:42 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrats today said that people in Fife and Edinburgh deserve answers over the projected delay to the Queensferry Crossing and demanded the publication of new documents on the troubled bridge project.

Since the announcement of the delay in the completion of the new Forth Road Bridge crossing, the Scottish Liberal Democrats have put in a series of Freedom of Information requests to ensure that the reasons for the delay are fully understood.

A previous Liberal Democrat request for the publication of a risk register for the project was denied due to 'commercial sensitivity'. In recognition of this Alex Cole-Hamilton MSP, whose Edinburgh Western constituency includes the southern end of the bridge, has now demanded a redacted risk register be issued.

Mr Cole-Hamilton commented:

"This is the biggest public building project in Scotland for a generation and as such needs to be backed up by full transparency. It is still hard to understand how 13 days of bad weather resulted in a 180 day delay.

"The SNP staked their reputation on the Queensferry Crossing during the election. We need to know more about why it has been blown off course.

"Of course there are commercially sensitive documents that should not be published in full. But there is no reason that people in Edinburgh and Fife should not get the answers they are looking for over the delay to the crossing that is now expected.

"I fully understand the need for safety in the workplace coming first, however we are now in a situation where we are facing a substantial delay to the completion of the project despite increases to the workforce. The publication of a redacted risk register would confirm whether Ministers were fully aware of the risk of delays to the project or whether they simply grossly misjudged the requirements of this project from the start."