Christine Durrant, acting Chief Executive of Derby City Council said:

“The work on the A52 is a key infrastructure project for our city, which will bring significant benefits to a congested part of Derby’s principal road network, offering improved access to the city.

“As recently announced, there is a significant difference between budgeted costs, and the estimated cost of work to date.

“As such revised projections suggest that the final cost could be in the region of around £30m. There are a range of complex circumstances that will contribute to final costs.

“We acknowledge that given the serious issues with this project, this will also mean potential delays in completing the scheme. Currently we cannot put a definitive date on project completion.

“Once we have reviewed these, a more accurate, revised figure and timescale will be presented to Cabinet in September.

“An independent review by our Internal Audit Team has begun. The team will review all elements of the scheme to date, in order to find out what has gone wrong and how we can best resolve the issues at hand. The results of this investigation will be reported to Cabinet as soon as it is complete.

“Our new contract manager, and the project team have begun a reviewing and updating the detailed designs, are working closely with the contractor, GallifordTry, to re-establish a realistic cost estimate for the scheme and to control and manage down these costs going forward. In addition to this, and in order to have full assurance going forward, I will be appointing an independent expert to check and review this work through to completion of the scheme.

“A full report will go to Cabinet in September that will confirm a revised total scheme cost estimate.

“I know that I have said it before, but I want to emphasise how seriously we take these failings, and want to assure you again that we are fully committed to understanding what went wrong, and to ensure that this does not happen again.”

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