You know, if we really loved our Queen, we’d have called it the ‘Saxe-Coburg and Gotha Kreuzung’ in respectful memory of her original family name. Not only that, we wouldn’t have let that pushy wee First Minister open it first with a show of lights and claims of coming in under budget. The nerve of the woman! Here’s the video:
The bridge will be open on Wednesday 30thAugust, today. I’ve no idea when the official and therefore pointless second opening will be and, of course, I couldn’t give a. It’s been a huge success. Though delayed by bad weather including some of the highest winds the contractors had ever faced, the bridge has come in almost £250 million or nearly 20% under budget. That’s right a capital expenditure project under budget. The government of the day takes the credit I think. If it had come in over budget they’d have got the stick. Further, these savings are in addition to £512 million which was saved during the procurement phase. Clearly not a bridge too far but a bridge at just the right amount.