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Cost of building Queensferry Crossing £50m lower than budget

Nicola Sturgeon visited the construction site on Monday to see the progress.

Queensferry Crossing River Forth Replacement Crossing bridge under construction October 6 2014
© HEMEDIA / SWNS Group

The cost of building the new Queensferry Crossing will be £50m lower than the budgeted amount.

Deputy first minister Nicola Sturgeon said the cost of the bridge is down from the estimated £1.4bn to £1.45bn to a new range of £1.35bn to £1.4bn.

She said the reduction is the result of good project management and market conditions.

Ms Sturgeon visited the project on Monday to see the progress of the build.

She said: "It is very positive news to be able to announce a further £50m worth of savings from Scotland’s biggest infrastructure project in a generation.

"We have already seen last year’s savings from the FRC benefit other projects, allowing work to start early on the dualling of the A9 for example.

"The progress made since construction started in June 2011 means we have delivered £195m worth of savings. The sound management and delivery of the scheme should be warmly welcomed.

Artist's impression of the Forth Replacement Crossing
© Scottish Government

"We recognise there are still challenges to overcome in the years ahead but it is very pleasing to report that with the first sections of deck being placed just last week, the project remains on schedule to be complete by the end of 2016."

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