North East MSP asks for transparency on AWPR costs



31 July 2019

North East Labour MSP Lewis Macdonald has today asked the Scottish Government to provide an update on its discussions with Aberdeen Roads Limited (ARL) regarding what ARL consortium partner Galliford Try describe as a “significant claim” against the Government over the AWPR.

Lewis said:

“It is clearly in the taxpayers’ interest to have full transparency from the Scottish Government on this issue.

“Managing Director at Balfour Beatty Stephen Tarr confirmed to the Scottish Parliament Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee in December 2018 that the cost of delivering the project was over a billion pounds.

“Now the other ARL partner, Galliford Try, has told the stock market that it has a ‘significant claim’ with the Scottish Government, and that if the negotiations fail it will pursue legal action.

“If SNP Ministers are prepared to pay more than the £745 million they have told Parliament they will pay, it is important that Parliament and the public know how much taxpayers money they are prepared to pay to keep their case out of court”.