Council delays project after only attracting one bid

MORAY Council has confirmed that repairs to a road near Keith wont be fixed this year, after the project only attracted one bid.

The A95 between Keith and Glenbarry has had traffic lights in place since December 2019, when erosion from the River Isla caused a landslip.

A contract for the repair project was put out to tender earlier this year, however it only attracted one bid at a ‘significantly’ higher cost than originally forecast by the council. As a result, the works and budget – of £693,000 – are being deferred until 2023.

Moray Council’s road maintenance manager, Mark Atherton, said, “We’re aware of massive disruption in the construction industry just now owing to a number of worldwide market factors. Suppliers have said they didn’t tender for this particular contract due to having large volumes of other work on and no capacity to deliver the project in the preferred timescale.

“The costs associated with this project have also come back as a lot higher than anticipated, which has rendered the job unfeasible this year. We appreciate the deep frustration when works like this go on longer than projected, we feel it too, and we’re grateful to road users in the area for their patience as we face obstacles out-with our control.”