The province wants to investigate the role of Rijkswaterstaat in building problems on the South Ring

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The research is necessary in order to substantiate a claim towards the government for the additional costs of the construction of the Southern Ring Road. In the current contract, the province is the party that must bear any additional costs on top of the project budget.

Train to Stadskanaal, Wunderline and doubling N33 are unsettled

These costs are paid from the compensation money for the cancellation of the Zuiderzee line. The train to Stadskanaal, the Wunderline and the doubling of the N33 to Appingedam would also be paid from that money. Due to the additional costs of the southern ring road, it is expected that a large part of this pot will be needed for the construction of the southern ring road, which puts these three projects in jeopardy.

In order for the construction of these three projects to continue, the province believes that the central government must take its responsibility when it comes to the extra costs for Ring South.

We want an investigation into the situation to make it clear to central government what role it should want to play in the financial solution

Deputy Fleur Gräper (D66) of the province of Groningen

The province believes that the government should pay

“The Hertogh Committee has indicated that both the client (Rijkswaterstaat) and contractor (Herepoort consortium) are responsible for the current situation,” says Deputy Fleur Gräper (D66). ‘We therefore believe that the State should pay. According to the realization agreement, they are not technically required to do so. Nevertheless, we want an investigation into the situation to make it clear to central government what role it should want to play in the financial solution. ‘

Gräper has been talking to the government for almost six months about the allocation of the additional costs of Ring South. Until now ‘The Hague’ has not been willing to contribute money. A well-founded study that clearly states in which areas Rijkswaterstaat made mistakes, must substantiate a claim towards the government.

“The conversation about this is not over yet,” says Gräper. ‘As far as we are concerned, we will be tackling this intensively together in the coming period.’

Our ambition is to tender all three projects and to look for a financial solution in the meantime. ‘

Deputy Fleur Gräper (D66) of the province of Groningen

‘Province and municipalities must work together to allow all projects to go ahead’

In addition to this lobby, Gräper wants to initiate another lobby with the surrounding areas to allow the train to Stadskanaal, the Wunderline and the doubling of the N33 to Appingedam to continue. She tells the Provincial Council that the municipalities in the surrounding areas and the province must work together in that area. ‘Our ambition is to tender all three projects and to look for a financial solution in the meantime.’

In addition, Gräper is still in talks with the Herepoort consortium about the so-called ‘Outline Agreement’. Gräper said earlier that it would take a few more weeks before this agreement was put into a settlement agreement. She no longer dares to put a term on that agreement. “As far as I’m concerned, as soon as possible.”

Also read:
– Opposition parties are again insisting on terminating the Ring Zuid construction contract
– Deputy on follow-up discussions on Ring Road: ‘Trust is thin’
– Province continues to work on doubling N33 despite ring road debacle





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