Heads of the Valleys road scheme “runs £100million overbudget”

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A project to dual a section of the A465 through the Clydach Gorge between Blaenau Gwent and Monmouthshire is almost £100million overbudget according to a report from the Wales Audit Office (pdf).

“This is not the first time that the Welsh Government has faced difficulties with significant cost increases and delays on road projects and lessons must be learnt for future infrastructure schemes. Despite some wider benefits being delivered and expectations about the eventual impact of the road improvement, those living and working locally are paying a higher than expected price for the ongoing delays and disruption during construction.”
– Auditor General, Adrian Crompton

Section 2 of the project between Brynmawr and Gilwern was originally estimated to cost £223.2million, but the latest figure is put at £321.1million, with the Welsh Government and Costain still in disagreement over who is liable to pay certain costs.

The section was also due to have been completed during 2020 but is now expected to run into 2021.

Chair of the Senedd’s Public Accounts Committee, Nick Ramsay AM (Con, Monmouth) said: “It is no secret that the A465 Section 2 project is substantially over budget and behind schedule and it is clear that the construction work has had a significant impact on the local community.”