Completion of the £500M Edinburgh Tram project has been delayed for a further 30 months to January 2014 according to consortium of contractors building the project, the Edinburgh Tram Board revealed this week.
The Board said it was; “Profoundly disappointed” with the progress of the contractor, Bilfinger Berger, who it said had submitted a revised programme with a completion date of January 2014 - a further delay of 30 months.
The project was originally to complete in July 2011 but has been hit by a series of delays and disputes.
Board chairman David Mackay said: “My concerns and those of my fellow directors are for the people of Edinburgh who have continued to suffer from these seemingly endless delays.
“I am genuinely not in a position to talk in detail about the confidential aspects of today’s meeting - this is for reasons of commercial sense. However I can say that today we have been presented with a series of options by the management team.
“We have had a full and constructive discussion around these options and have a clear sense of what we need to do to achieve the best possible outcome. We have also been reassured that the basis on which we intend to move forward is fully justified and that the enhanced rigour requested by the Board earlier this year has been followed to the letter.
“At the meeting the Board reviewed our legal and commercial advice and the findings from a set of specially commissioned audits on the consortium’s progress. The meeting addressed the key issues in detail and concluded with an instruction to the management team to continue to apply rigorously the legal terms of the contract to the contractor including and taking into account fully their actions to date. While the board will continue to seek a reasonable negotiated outcome to all matters in dispute, the clients’ rights will be strenuously safeguarded.
Our stakeholders are entirely unified in the resolution to apply the full terms of the contract.
“As soon as there is more to say publicly, we will provide that information. Our priority, and that of our partners, remains the delivery of a 21st Century integrated public transport system, that represents good value and which Scotland’s Capital City deserves. This we will do,” he said.