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Footbridge costs rocket
12:44pm Sunday 24th June 2012 in News
Shoreham's footbridge will cost nearly double the amount originally estimated.
West Sussex County Council has announced work will begin in August after a series of setbacks. But the new £9.8 million price tag is nearly double the original £5 million estimate.
A council spokesman said: “The initial budget for the project was put in place three years ago, before the feasibility and design process was completed. As such, it could only be considered an initial estimate.
“As is often the case with complex engineering projects, the true cost only becomes apparent once suppliers take account of the true complexity of the job.”
Funding for the bridge has come from the county council as well as from the sustainable transport charity, Sustrans, which received a £50 million lottery grant to extend the National Cycle Network. Building is expected to take 45 weeks with the bridge due to open next summer.