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Council sues over bus station

Edinburgh City Council is taking legal action against Balfour Beatty to recoup funds spent on repairing an eight-year-old, £4M bus station that the council says is faulty.

The Balfour Beatty-built bus station was opened in February 2003, but has since been dogged by problems including three “serious incidents” in 2003, 2007 and 2009, the council said.

In January 2007, cladding came off the walls following a storm, and in July 2009 heavy rainfall led to flood damage and the failure of a roof section, after a drainage system failed and pipes cracked.

In each case, the station had to be closed while remedial works were carried out.

A spokesman for the council said it believes the problems are “due to the initial construction” of the station by Balfour Beatty.

He said the council could not confirm the amount being sought because it was still in the process of calculating the total cost of repairs. “It’s really to recoup the costs that we’ve had to remedy the problems,” he said.

A Balfour Beatty spokesman said discussions are ongoing and that it was inappropriate to comment at this time.

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