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Firms win under half of new bridge orders

SCOTTISH firms have secured orders worth less than half the total amount of the contracts linked to the new Forth bridge.

About 360 domestic ­companies have been awarded work valued at about £157 million out of a total of £393m handed out so far, the Scottish Government revealed.

Scottish businesses won £72m of the £104m total for supply orders and £85m out of the £289m value of subcontracts, with about 80% of all procurement now complete.

Transport Minister Keith Brown said the overall project was having a positive impact on businesses. About 92% of the supply orders went to Scottish companies, he said.

But Labour infrastructure spokesman James Kelly said: "The reality is that not enough of the total contracts let have gone to Scottish firms.

"The rest have gone overseas, which is a massive blow for our home-grown businesses."

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