Tricia Marwick SNP MSP for Central Fife has welcomed the announcement from the Scottish Government that a preferred bidder has been chosen to build the bridge and connecting roads elements of the Forth Replacement Crossing.
The Forth Crossing Bridge Constructors (FCBC) consortium, consisting of Dragados, Hochtief, American Bridge International and Morrison Construction was chosen for the project following an 18 month tendering process.
Mrs Marwick said: “It is great to see the project going ahead on time and under budget with 3,000 jobs set to be created from the construction of the bridge alone. The replacement crossing isn’t just a new bridge, it’s construction will have positive effects on the whole of Scotland’s economy.
“The Forth Replacement Crossing is absolutely vital to Scotland’s economy and delaying the award would serve no purpose except have a significant negative impact in terms of cost to the public purse and the ability of the contractors to finish the project on schedule in 2016.”
The winning bid was for a total of £790m, lower than the initial estimated cost of between £0.9billion and £1.2billion. With inflation and VAT taken into consideration, the total cost will be between £1.47billion and £1.62billion, lower than the project’s original estimated cost range of £1.7billion and £2.3billion.