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Total cost of A77 Carlock Wall project: EIR release

Published: 19 Oct 2021

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

Published:
19 Oct 2021
Total cost of A77 Carlock Wall project: EIR release
FOI reference: FOI/202100237273
Date received: 7 Sep 2021
Date responded: 29 Sep 2021
Information requested

Please can you supply the costs,figures, that have been, no1 already paid, no2 invoiced, and no3 established for the completion of the FULL project at "CARLOCK WALL" works on the A77 South of Ballantrae.

I am looking for the FULL costs to date, for example all the scoping and investigations relating to the project,design, the traffic management and the accounts settled so far for construction along with the projected figures to finish the works.

I am not looking for a detailed list of accounts to each company that has worked on the site, Just the total cost to date and the total cost to finish even if the to finish value is a estimate.

I would also like to know how much it costs per week for the traffic lights and management team on the carlock wall site.

Response

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 thesame request under two different regimes. This is essentially a technical point and has no material effect on the outcome of your request.

The cost invoiced and paid to date on the Carlock Wall project is £4.16m and the current estimated total cost is £8.2m.

An exception under regulation 10(5)(e) of the EIRs (substantial prejudice to confidentiality of commercial information) applies to some of the information you have requested. This exception applies because costs for the traffic management is held within the contract between Amey and their sub-contractor. Disclosing this information would be likely to give competitors an advantage in future similar tendering exercises, which would substantially prejudice Amey’s ability to conduct competitive tenders and so could significantly harm their commercial business.

This exception 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 exception. We have found that, on balance, the public interest lies in favour of upholding the exception. We have found that, on balance, the public interest lies in favour of upholding the exemption, because there is no public interest in disclosing this information.

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