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More cut price bidding on Forth Replacement Crossing after £20M knocked off junction upgrade job

Transport Scotland has awarded John Sisk and Roadbridge a £25.6M contract to upgrade Junction 1A of the M9.

The contract to upgrade the M9 at Junction 1a near Kirkliston as part of the Forth Replacement Crossing (FRC) project is set to be awarded at a price more than £20M under budget.

This bid is significantly below the original estimated price range of £46M to £65M.

“Today’s announcement that the preferred bid for the M9 Junction 1a contract is substantially under budget demonstrates further significant savings for the public purse,” said cabinet secretary for infrastructure and capital investment Alex Neil.

“While it is clear that the current construction market is highly competitive, this is also testament to Transport Scotland’s robust procurement and project management,” he said.

The latest round of cut price bidding on Scotland’s biggest infrastructure project comes after the main construction contract was awarded to the Forth Crossing Bridge Constructors (FCBC) consortium at a shock low price.

The Forthspan consortium bid £1.05bn to build the bridge, while the preferred Forth Crossing Bridge Constructors (FCBC) consortium has said it will build it for £790M at today’s prices.

FCBC comprises Dragados, Hochtief, American Bridge International and Morrison Construction. Its bid compares with an initial cost estimate of between £900M to £1.2bn.

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