FOI reference: FOI/17/02337
Date received: 12 September 2017
Date responded: 19 October 2017
You asked for information regarding the following:
Could you please provide me with the following information regarding the newly opened Queensferry Crossing from 30 August 2017 until the current date.
The number of faults detected on the Queensferry Crossing and details of what the faults were.
Cost of repairing these faults and length of time taken to repair and to whom the cost was charge to.
As the information you have requested is Environmental Information for the purposes of the Environmental Information (Scotland) Regulations 2004 (EIRs), we are required to deal with your request under those Regulations. We are applying the exemption at section 39(2) of the Freedom of Information (Scotland) Act 2002 (FOISA), so that we do not also have to deal with your request under FOISA. As the exemption is conditional we have applied the 'public interest test'. This means we have, in all the circumstances of this case, considered if the public interest in disclosing the information under FOISA outweighs the public interest in applying the exemption. We have found that, on balance, the public interest lies in favour of upholding the exemption, because there is no public interest in dealing with the same request under two different regimes. This is essentially a technical point and has no material effect on the outcome of your request.
In the period 30 August 2017 until 12 September 2017 no faults were detected on the Queensferry Crossing.
For your further information, as is typical for major construction projects the contract for the Forth Replacement Crossing, which includes the Queensferry Crossing, is subject to a five year defects liability period during which the contractor remains responsible to repair any faults at their own cost.
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Please quote the FOI reference
Central Enquiry Unit
Phone: 0300 244 4000
The Scottish Government
St Andrew's House