'Unforeseen' issues cause bus hub costs to rise

The intersection of Great King and St Andrews streets remains closed by bus hub work yesterday....
The intersection of Great King and St Andrews streets remains closed by bus hub work yesterday. PHOTO: GREGOR RICHARDSON
Construction costs for Dunedin's bus hub have crept $34,700 over budget.

An Otago Regional Council report released yesterday provided updates for the $4.4million Great King St project.

The overspend was largely due to ``unforeseen ground conditions and underground structures'', the report said.

The completion date is still set for November 20, although it could change depending on the outcome of a water main replacement investigation and work.

Last week the Dunedin City Council said the Great King and St Andrew St intersection would be closed temporarily because contractors found a water main outside Dunedin's Central police station was closer to the kerb than expected.

Both councils were working to replace the mains so they would not cause future disruption.

They were also investigating whether it would result in any delay or added cost.

The city council would cover extra costs if necessary.

The first pavers have been laid at the intersection and work will accelerate once below-ground works are complete.

The proposal includes 10 bus bays, electronic timetables, public toilets, bike stands and new plantings.



HUB! Be better to get a decent bus service that gave people a bus near their home to work and play.

the bus system in Dunedin many many years ago worked - what happened

Even though it is not much of an over budget in the big picture should this over cost not rest with the contractor for not doing his or her homework, similar a person getting a written quote for a pool and the contract is signed off. The contractor has done their home work added a contingency amount into the cost, if the installer hits rocks and needs todo extra work it is there fault not mine as the house owner and they take up the cost not me. If I don't get a written cost for a pool it is an open cheque book

Costs over budget & DCC offering to pay? Give me a break!!! Translation - Ratepayers to foot another bill to pay for another Council stuff up. They can come up with all the excuses they want but in the end it comes down to their usual incompetence. We used to have a public transport system providing sensible, appropriate routes and timetables - until overpaid DCC parasites decided to fix something that wasn't broken.

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