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Bus News Lead Story: Issue Issue 19 7 Mar 2011

BAM Nutall docked £10m for late delivery of Cambridgeshire busway

James Dark

Cambridgeshire County Council has revealed that contractor BAM Nuttall has so far been docked £10m in fees as the firm is now two years late completing construction of the Cambridgeshire Guided Busway. The council has been deducting almost £14,000 a day in late delivery damages from BAM Nuttall since February 2009.

Following a Cabinet meeting last week, senior councillors heaped more criticism on BAM Nuttall for  “unnecessary” further delays to the project. Although the firm has told the council that all major work is now complete, it has left the submission of construction and design certificates, normally submitted once each part of a construction project is complete, until the last minute.

The Project Manager, who is independent of both the council and BAM Nuttall, cannot certify the contract as complete until certificates for the main structures have been received and are satisfactory. BAM Nuttall is yet to submit five construction and design certificates. A further 47 construction certificates, that had been previously been rejected also need to be resubmitted, and accepted, before the contract can be certified as complete.

Once BAM Nuttall completes the contract, the company will have 28 days to fix all notified defects on the route. BAM Nuttall was notified of defects between St Ives and Cambridge, such as a flooded and impassable cycleway, more than two years ago but the council said the firm continues to refuse to correct the defects. A new contractor has been lined up to fix them if, as the council expects, BAM Nutall does not correct them within the 28 days permitted. The costs of that work will also be deducted from BAM Nuttall.

Roy Pegram, Cabinet member for Growth, Infrastructure and Strategic Planning, said: “The Busway is not any longer, any wider or any higher than when the contract was awarded so it is clearly unacceptable that BAM Nuttall have taken two years longer than they should to build the route.”


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14 Mar 2011

Would have been far cheaper and logical to reinstate the