Date lodged: 31 March 2017
To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5T-00479 by Keith Brown on 28 March 2017 (Official Report, c. 5), on what date the cabinet secretary was advised of the possible delay to the opening of the Queensferry Crossing; how much the delay will add to the overall cost of the project, and what the economic impact will be.
Answered by: Keith Brown 19 April 2017
I met with the contractor, Forth Crossing Bridge Constructors, on Monday 27 March 2017 when they advised me that, due to the continued impacts of wind on the construction operations, they were unlikely to be able to achieve an opening date in May for the Queensferry Crossing.
As I stated at the Rural Economy Connectivity Committee any increase in delivery time will not result in any increase to the overall cost to the taxpayer which stands at £1.35 billion as before. The £245 million of savings that have been released since the construction started are secure.
The Forth Road Bridge is operating well. Consequently, there will be no further economic impact as a result of the revised timescales.