Yet another late and over budget project – Readers’ Letters / Opinion / The Courier
Sir, – Michael Alexander (Courier, February 25) reports that Fife Council Labour administration leader, Councillor Alex Rowley, says completion of the £1.6 billion (per metre the most expensive in the world) new Forth bridge was “absolutely crucial”. I suppose he would say that wouldn’t he?
But should we listen to him or his colleagues in the Forth Estuary Transport Authority (Feta), who convinced Transport Scotland that a new bridge was necessary?
Feta, has a CEO and four councillors from Fife Council (£712 million debt, 2012) and four councillors from the City of Edinburgh Council (£1.5 billion debt, 2012) and their track record for maintenance looks about as bad on the bridge as it is on their pot-holed roads.
Take Feta’s painting of the Forth Road Bridge Towers as an example. Work started on this task in 2002 and with the underside of both towers painted by 2003 a series of delays due to technical problems and contractual difficulties, the contractor was sacked and Feta stated that their own in-house team would complete this work by October 2009.