UK construction projects hit by Brexit delay
Construction on the UK’s first ever major bridge across the River Thames is being delayed due to a lack of funding, according to government documents.
The £9bn project was due to open in 2021, but has been delayed for four years by a lack for funds.
The UK government said the delays are “unexpected” and “unacceptable”.
A Department for Transport (DfT) spokeswoman said the project was “on track” for opening in 2021 but added: “DfTs funding commitments are subject to parliamentary approval and the DfT is committed to delivering the project as soon as possible.”
The bridge is expected to be completed in 2019.
DfTs spending watchdog said it has been “incredibly difficult” to work out how the £9.5bn project will be funded, and will not be ready until 2021.
DFT deputy chair, David Smith, said: “This is unacceptable, but it is a necessary step towards delivering the bridge.”
The project has been plagued by delays, with the UK Government recently announcing that it will not honour a commitment of £7.4bn to the project.
A DfI spokesman said: “[The delay] is not unexpected. “
It is vital that we build the bridge as quickly as possible, to ensure the safety and comfort of the wider community.”
“However, there are currently no plans for any additional funding beyond what we have been providing. “
“DftT and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) will continue to work closely with government and relevant partners to deliver the bridge.” “
A spokesperson for the Department of Infrastructure and Communities (Dic) said: [T]here is no further funding available for this project. “
DftT and the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs (Defra) will continue to work closely with government and relevant partners to deliver the bridge.”
A spokesperson for the Department of Infrastructure and Communities (Dic) said: [T]here is no further funding available for this project.
“The bridge will be completed by the end of 2021, with a fully functional bridge at its opening in 2019.”
The £10bn bridge is the first major public infrastructure project in the UK and was originally due to be built by 2021.
The first phase was completed in 2013, but the project is due to start construction again this year.
A total of 5,000 vehicles are expected to pass through the bridge each day.