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No out of court settlement in Cambridgeshire Guided Busway dispute

Cambridgeshire County Council has denied press reports that its cabinet hopes to reach an out of court settlment of its dispute with contractor Bam Nuttall over the Cambridge Guided Busway.

“There is no change in our position,” said a council spokesman. “We are not seeking to settle out of court and remain confident that we will ultimately win the case.”

Reports suggested that the council wanted to end the dispute about who was responsible for delays and escalated costs on the scheme.

A year ago, contractor Bam Nuttall issued a £43M counterclaim to a £55M claim made against it by Cambridgeshire County Council in September 2011 seeking compensation for delays to its guided busway scheme. The case is due to go to court early in 2014.

The project was originally expected to cost £116.2M, of which £87M was construction cost.

By July last year the council had spent £149.4M on the scheme. The council has said it expects its final cost to be £118.2M, taking account of claims and the cost of legal action.

Bam Nuttall was unable to provide a comment.

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