Council still awaiting busway certificates from contractor

PUBLISHED: 18:46 15 March 2011 | UPDATED: 09:58 16 March 2011

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A CONTRACTOR’S failure to handover crucial paperwork surrounding the Guided Busway has been branded “disgraceful behaviour” by the leader of Cambridgeshire County Council.

A CONTRACTOR’S failure to handover crucial paperwork surrounding the Guided Busway has been branded “disgraceful behaviour” by the leader of Cambridgeshire County Council.

A meeting of the council’s cabinet heard earlier today that BAM Nuttall had continually failed to produce necessary documentation including construction certificates as well as provide information to National Grid, whose work is affected by the busway.

Portfolio holder for growth, infrastructure and strategic planning at the council, Councillor Roy Pegram said: “It is obstructing the handover of the Guided Busway to us.

“Things aren’t moving along at a rapid pace.”

The council’s head of delivery for the Guided Busway, Bob Menzies, tried to reassure the meeting that progress had been made over the past week or so but said they still required some outstanding paperwork.

“There is progress but we’re not quite there yet,” he said.

Councillor John Reynolds asked if all the construction work had been completed on the busway.

Mr Menzies replied: “In essence, there are minor bits of work by minor contractors.

“The issue is about all the certificates.

“We have been nagging them to do these certificates for two years but they have been dragging their feet over them.”

Cllr Reynolds said: “It demonstrates that we are in the hands of the contractor and the contractor seems, in some people’s eyes, to have delayed a set of documents that could have been provided months ago.

“It’s quite disgraceful.”

Leader of the council, Jill Tuck, said: “Yes it is quite disgraceful and not the way you would expect a contractor to behave.”

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