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Bilfinger defends its Edinburgh tram role

11 Oct 11 Bilfinger Berger boss Dr Jochen Keysberg has told BBC Scotland that the Edinburgh Tram debacle was caused by the failure of client Transport Initiatives Edinburgh (TIE) to meet its promise to divert utilities before work started.

Dr Jochen Keysberg interviewed by the BBC
Dr Jochen Keysberg interviewed by the BBC

Dr Keysberg described the international contractor’s experience on the project, now massively over budget and way behind schedule, as “extraordinary”.

He said that TIE had made a specific commitment to clear certain areas of the route of underground utilities before work started, but had failed to do so. “That was the biggest surprise,” said Dr Keysberg.

Until now, Bilfinger Berger has been prevented by gagging clauses from defending itself in public.

The interview will be broadcast in Scotland at 10.35pm tonight (11 October) in a documentary called The Great Tram Disaster. It can also be seen on the BBC website (link here).

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