In relation to the A90/A937 Laurencekirk Junction Improvement scheme,
“1) How much has Transport Scotland spent on this project so far in total?
2) Please break down the total cost by what Transport Scotland has spent money on in general terms: ie, public consultation, the design process, surveying, etc.
3) Please tell me the original target cost of this project.”
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1) As of the date of your enquiry Transport Scotland has spent £2,794,639 on the A90/A937 Laurencekirk Junction Improvement Scheme.
2) Design and Development = £2,434,102 (of which, includes £138,260 stakeholder engagement/ public exhibitions & £239,781 survey fees with costs)
Public Consultation/ Publicity Costs = £52,263
Survey Works (including traffic analysis/ modelling) = £308,274.
3) The A90/A937 Laurencekirk Junction cost forms part of a package of additional investment of £24 million alongside, but separate to, the Aberdeen City Region Deal as announced in 2016.
It is noted whilst some activities such as public consultation and site surveys have been affected by measures in place as part of the response to the Covid-19 pandemic, Transport Scotland and their design consultant continue to progress work on the project, where it is possible to do so, whilst complying with the Government’s physical distancing guidance.
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Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000
The Scottish Government
St Andrews House
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