SCOTTISH firms have won less than half the total value of contracts on the main part of the Queensferry Crossing project, triggering a new row over its impact on Scottish jobs.
Transport minister Keith Brown yesterday sought to underline the benefits of the £1.4 billion scheme to the economy.
However, this prompted Labour to renew its attack on the awarding of contracts for Scotland’s largest project for a generation, arguing that not enough of the work was going to firms north of the Border.
Official figures for the cross-Forth project’s £790 million principal contract showed that so far, 40 per cent of the total value of sub-contracts and supply orders had been won by Scottish firms. Overall, Scottish firms have secured £157m of the total £393m worth of such orders awarded so far.
The Scottish Government’s Transport Scotland agency, which is in charge of the project, stressed that Forth Crossing Bridge Constructors was responsible for awarding the contracts. Mr Brown said: “The Forth Replacement Crossing is vital to the economy of Scotland and is delivering significant economic benefits with over 1000 people currently employed directly on site.”
But Labour’s James Kelly said: “The reality is not enough of the total contracts let have gone to Scottish firms.”