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Crane firm 'fizzing' over Balfour Beatty road block


CONTRACTOR BALFOUR Beatty this week hotly denied reneging on an agreement to allow massive cranes to be transported along the M77 in Scotland while it was still under construction.

Manufacturer Konecranes UK has claimed that Balfour Beatty's actions cost it almost £30,000.

The crane company says that it had the necessary licence to move four 56m long girders from its East Kilbride factory to Grangemouth for shipping to Denmark last month.

But Balfour Beatty refused to move street lights and signs to enable the massive load to pass.

Cancelling a waiting ship and arranging an alternative route which also required obstructions to be removed cost the firm £30,000 and made the delivery two weeks late.

Konecranes UK managing director Gordon Adie said he had contacted the Department of Trade & Industry and the Scottish Executive with a view to recovering his costs.

'This has been a real screw-up and I am naturally fizzing at what has happened, ' said Adie.

Balfour Beatty said permission had never been granted.

'I can assure you that no-one gave them permission to use the road, ' said a spokeswoman.

'We were not satisfied with the planning they had made for the access.'

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