Hereford & Worcester

Evesham's Abbey Bridge contractors penalised £250K for delay

Abbey Bridge artist impression Image copyright Worcestershire County Council
Image caption The work, which was due to be complete in 10 weeks, instead took seven months

Penalties totalling £250,000 have been imposed on a contractor after the opening of a bridge in Worcestershire was delayed by four months.

The £8m scheme to replace Evesham's Abbey Bridge began in September and had been due to end in November.

Although the bridge is now open to traffic, the work is not yet complete.

Contractor Hochtief must pay £1,050 for each day since the original opening date. The company has said weeks of work was lost because of poor weather.

It must also pay a further £1,000 for each day of delay to the overall project.

Worcestershire County Council published the details of the contractual penalty clauses on Wednesday.

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