Date lodged: 6 June 2016
To ask the Scottish Government whether construction of the Queensferry Crossing is on schedule.
Answered by: Keith Brown 8 June 2016
The contractor, Forth Crossing Bridge Constructors’, has advised Transport Scotland that due to adverse weather conditions in April and May 2016 exceeding expectations and resulting in an increase in days lost to weather, they are unable to achieve the target opening date of December 2016 – which is six months ahead of the contractual completion date. The contractors remain on schedule to complete the project ahead of the contractual completion date. The contractors have taken additional steps to mitigate on-going weather impacts and have provided a revised timetable for completion to Transport Scotland and Scottish Ministers. Subject to the agreement of the Parliamentary Bureau, it would be my intention to provide a statement to Parliament on 8 June 2016.