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Council to ‘fix busway itself’

Cambridgeshire County Council has revealed it has drawn up plans to fix alleged defects in its long-delayed guided busway itself and charge the cost of the work back to its contractor.

It admitted this week that it had all but given up hope of contractor Bam Nuttall fixing six alleged defects before the entire route is handed over in mid-January.

Bam Nuttall will have four weeks from this date to fix the alleged defects. If it does not, the council is preparing plans to fix them itself and bill Bam Nuttall for the work. It expects to finalise its plans at its 14 December cabinet meeting.

The alleged defects include leaking expansion joints on a viaduct and surface ponding on car parks and maintenance tracks. Highlighted by the council in March, Bam Nuttall has consistently denied that the issues raised are defects (NCE 11 March).

In April Bam Nuttall did agree to tackle the issues but has not done so. The council now accepts the busway will be handed over with the alleged defects remaining.

“Despite public statements from Bam Nuttall that they would fix the problems on the northern section months ago they have not done so,” said Cambridgeshire County Council cabinet member for infrastructure Roy Pegram.

“Plans are already in place to correct the problems. These corrections will be billed to the contractor as set out in the contract.”
Bam Nuttall refused to comment.

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