Austin demands action after news that taxpayers are set to face huge bill.
Dudley MP Ian Austin has written to the Cabinet Office this week to ask for action to get the Midland Metropolitan Hospital back on track, but also wants West Midlands Mayor Andy Street to live up to his promise to get the work moving again.
Building at the site stalled after the collapse of Carillion last year, leaving the site out of action since January. The project took another setback last month when banks providing the £350m of funding pulled out, and now is not set to finish until 2022 – four years later than planned. Unless an alternative can be found the government might have to take on the work, with the taxpayer footing the bill.
He has written to David Lidington MP, Chancellor of the Duchy of Lancaster, urging him to find a way of getting the project moving again.
Ian Austin said:
“It is in everyone’s interest to get this project back on track. It’s taking far too long and the costs are going up and up.
“I have asked for a meeting with David Lidington, but I also want West Midlands Mayor Andy Street to live up to the promise he made to get the work moving again.
“We need to see work moving again. Not only will it provide much-needed new health facilities, but large numbers of construction jobs and training places, which will be lost as a result of it coming to a halt.”