Aberdeen bypass will cost £1bn, contractors tell MSPs

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The total cost of the constructing the Aberdeen bypass will top £1 billion, contractors have confirmed to Holyrood.

While the 36-mile route is being built under a £745 million fixed-price contract, the building firm Balfour Beatty said delays had led to extra costs that “run into hundreds of millions”. Balfour Beatty and Galliford Try, the other group involved in the project, are in talks with Transport Scotland to see if they can claim extra public funds.

Bill Hocking, chief executive officer for construction and investments at Galliford Try, told MSPs: “We have put forward a claim in respect of some of the issues that have been faced.”

He said the issues were linked to poor weather that has hindered work, as well as delays from…

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