§ Mr. Corbett
To ask the Secretary of State for Transport on what date he expects work on repairs to the sliproads between Tyburn road and the Aston expressway, Birmingham, to start; whether he will detail the way in which repairs are to be undertaken; how long they are contracted to take; which company is to carry them out; what is the value of the contract; and whether it includes a bonus clause for early completion or a penalty clause for late completion.
§ Mr. Chope
Advance works have already begun and demolition work is due to start before Christmas. The slip roads should be reopened in the summer.
The damaged structure will be demolished first followed by repairs to the approach spans and columns and finally reconstruction of the main deck. A number of contracts will be let for which tendering procedures are on-going. They will not include a bonus clause for early completion because the unusual nature of the work makes one inappropriate, but they will include a liquidated damages clause for late completion. The contracts will specify very tight programmes.