Overspends on the M8/M73/M74 projects: FOI release

Information request and response under the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004.

FOI reference: FOI/18/01343
Date received: 3 May 2018
Date responded: 5 June 2018

Information requested

Any overspends on the M8 M73 M74 projects. How much of an overspend has there been to the original budget?

As the information you have requested is 'environmental information' for the purposes of the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (EIRs), we are required to deal with your request under those Regulations. We are applying the exemption at section 39(2) of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA), so that we do not also have to deal with your request under FOISA.

This exemption is subject to the 'public interest test'. Therefore, taking account of all the circumstances of this case, we have considered if the public interest in disclosing the information outweighs the public interest in applying the exemption. We have found that, on balance, the public interest lies in favour of upholding the exemption, because there is no public interest in dealing with the same request under two different regimes. This is essentially a technical point and has no material effect on the outcome of your request.


There has been no overspend to the original budget.

The M8 M73 M74 Improvements Project is a Design Build Finance and Operate (DBFO) procurement model. The contractor for the project, Scottish Roads Partnership (SRP) starts receiving a percentage of the monthly payment upon opening each section of the road. Deductions are taken off this payment where the road is unavailable or has reduced service during the period.

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