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Change of leadership at Forth bridge scheme

Transport Scotland has confirmed that Morrison Construction’s Michael Martin is to take the reins of the £1.4bn project to build a new bridge over the Firth of Forth.

Martin will become project director of Forth Crossing Bridge Constructors – the consortium of Dragados, Hochtief, American Bridge and Morrison Construction that is building the Queensferry Crossing.

He is currently working through a handover period with existing project director Carlo Germani, the Hochtief chief who will leave at Christmas for a job in Qatar.

Construction of the bridge started in 2011 and is on course for completion in 2016. Successful delivery to date means almost £200M has been shaved off the budget.

At the age of 61, Martin has worked in the civils industry for 40 years, including on several major bridge projects.

A Transport Scotland spokesman said: “Carlo has made a hugely significant contribution to the successful delivery of the FRC project to date and we pay tribute to that contribution as he prepares to move on to new challenges in Qatar.

“He leaves the project in a very healthy state as we move towards its final two years.”

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