Council won't reveal Bermuda project costs as bridge finally reopens to traffic

The bridge is now open to the public - but the final costs of the project are not being made public yet
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County council bosses have declined to give the final costs of the Bermuda Bridge project in Nuneaton. After more than two years, following delays and rising costs, the bridge is now open to traffic.

Shire Hall had always stood firm on the stance that the public will not find out the true costs until after it has finished. Initially the cost was around the £3m mark but the last publicly available data showed that the cost had topped £14.941m so far.

Now that the bridge has opened, CoventryLive asked the county council for the final costs. But a spokesperson for the local authority said that the amount will not be available until the Autumn.

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"We are currently in the process of agreeing the final account with the contractor now works have been completed," the spokesperson said. "Upon conclusion of this process the final construction cost will be published.

"We expect this to be in the Autumn."

As tax payers' cash has been spent on this, CoventryLive has now put in a Freedom of Information Act request to get the figures before Autumn.

In the meantime, the council is still insistent that the bridge will be used and have an impact on the traffic that often builds on the A444. However, it is apparent that the opening of the bridge has not been something that the county council has wanted to fanfare.

But, in a statement, a spokesperson said: "Warwickshire County Council is pleased to announce that the Bermuda Connectivity bridge and road improvement project has now fully opened to all road users.

"The scheme will now benefit the local community by reducing journey times on a number of routes, reducing town centre congestion, and giving a boost to local businesses by supporting economic growth and improving accessibility to existing and future local jobs, amenities, and residential areas, particularly in Bermuda and the adjoining areas.

"Thanks to all local residents and businesses close to the scheme for their patience and understanding whilst this technically challenging project has been completed. We expect the benefits of the new route to be felt in Nuneaton for many years to come.”

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