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Rumbles: Queensferry crossing savings nearly all down to low inflation

January 24, 2017 2:00 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP has today criticised the Scottish Government for attempting to pull the wool over people's eyes after it was revealed that savings made on the Queensferry crossing were nearly all down to lower than expected inflation.

In a letter from the Project Director of the Forth Replacement Crossing to the Transport and Connectivity Committee it was revealed that of the £245 million that has been saved on the project, £192 million was due to lower than expected inflation.

Commenting Mr Rumbles said:

"These figures reveal that it's been all smoke and mirrors from the Scottish Government. The SNP have been patting themselves on the back for delivering the new bridge on time and under budget. In reality, it was meant to open to the public last month and now we learn the budget was grossly overestimated.

"Nearly £200 million of the so called savings has been down to inflated projections, rather than the 'robust risk management and strong project governance' reported to Parliament.

"Trying to deliberately hoodwink the public on both the timescale and cost of this major infrastructure project is simply unacceptable. I will continue to hold this Government to account."