Consortium refuses to rule out legal action over motorway contractSeptember 13, 2012 - 7:00am
The building consortium originally awarded the contract to build the Gort to Tuam motorway has refused to rule out legal action over the project being given to another company.
There is intense speculation that legal proceedings will be issued against the National Roads Authority which could delay the construction of the M17/M18 motorway for several years.
However, when contacted by the Connacht Tribune, BAM Construction, who were part of the consortium which were awarded the contract two years ago, refused to make any comment.
A spokesperson said that they did not talk to the media and added that any comments with regard to the Gort to Tuam motorway would be “NRA-led”.
It was announced in July that the 57 kilometre motorway, to include the Tuam bypass, would be constructed in early next year with a completion date in 2016.
The Government awarded the contract to the Direct Route consortium which is made up of well known Irish building contractors including Lagan, Roadbridge and Sisk.
But there have been rumours circulating in the building industry that BAM Balfour Beatty, which won the contract to build the motorway but couldn’t proceed because of financial issues, is now in the process of issuing legal proceedings to prevent the NRA from awarding the contract to another firm.
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