Thursday, 15 November 2012

Bike corridor opened at last

After some delays and a false start the Quality Bike Corridor between the King's Buildings and Potterrow was officially opened in a low key way today.

The pic to the right is of an ad in Buccleuch Street near to West Crosscauseway where the opening took place.

It is another council project that has overrun and cost a huge amount more than the initial estimates.  At the point of initiation the cost put before the Transport Committee was  modest £75,000 to £150,000.  That was in September 2009.  The latest figures I have are that it has cost £458,000.*

Initially the measures were due for completion in the 2010/11 financial year (see para 6:1 here).  Then, as I reported here the opening date of 12th October this year was missed due to delayed works and Scoittish Gas digging up a part of the newly surfaced corridor (it is still being excavated).
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Once again the ability of the Council to set a budget and stick to it proved beyond its powers.  I despair.

* This figure includes £178,000 for the King's Buildings junction

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