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Cost of Queensferry Crossing falls by £50m

The new Forth Crossing from Port Edgar Image copyright Transport Scotland
Image caption Construction of the new Forth Replacement Crossing is due to be completed in 2016

The cost of the Queensferry Crossing will be £50m lower than previously estimated.

The revised budget, down to an upper limit of £1.4bn from £1.45bn, was announced during a site visit by the Deputy First Minister Nicola Sturgeon.

Officials said reductions were the result of delivering construction milestones, successful project management and good market conditions.

The project is due for completion by the end of 2016.

Ms Sturgeon said: "It is a very positive news to be able to announce a further £50m worth of savings from Scotland's biggest infrastructure project in a generation.

"We have already seen last year's savings from the FRC (Forth Replacement Crossing) benefit other projects, allowing work to start early on the dualling of the A9 for example.

"The progress made since construction started in June 2011 means we have delivered £195m worth of savings. The sound management and delivery of the scheme should be warmly welcomed.

"Not only is the project delivering value for money, it is also benefitting the Scottish economy with subcontract and supply orders for Scottish companies and over 1,000 people currently directly employed on site.

"We recognise there are still challenges to overcome in the years ahead but it is very pleasing to report that with the first sections of deck being placed just last week, the project remains on schedule to be complete by the end of 2016."

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