IN light of the news that the cost of the Grays Underpass is set to rocket to £37m, Labour’s Cllr Martin Kerin has warned that this could seal an unwanted hattrick of overspent projects, coming fast on the heels of the A13 Widening and Stanford Rail overspends.
Speaking after the Planning, Transport, Regeneration Overview and Scrutiny Committee, he said:
“Having closely scrutinised and shadowed the Thurrock Tories’ record on delivering regeneration over a number of years, there are echoes in this news of the failing Orsett Cock and Stanford overspends. The report received during the meeting did nothing to reassure me that this Grays Underpass project will fare any better.
“The report lacked any concrete, substantial detail about costs, and did little to reassure me that the projected costs (which have increased by over £10m since 2017) won’t spiral further upwards. With the ongoing debacle around the A13 Widening and Stanford Station, this simply isn’t good enough.
“Thurrock residents deserve better than this. This unwanted hattrick of overspending needs to be urgently addressed. Thurrock’s hardworking taxpayers do not deserve a ‘third time unlucky.”