Scottish infrastructure plans revealed

A £60bn infrastructure spending plan has been set out by the Scottish government which covers the next 20 years.

The government’s Infrastructure and Investment Plan has been published by Scotland’s cabinet secretary for infrastructure and capital investment, Alex Neil. It details plans for 54 major infrastructure projects and 33 programmes, covering a range of areas including transport, schools, hospitals and housing.

 Main schemes include the dualling of the A9 between Perth and Inverness by 2025 and the intention to complete the dualling of the A96 and the main road network between all major cities by 2030.

Mr Neil said: "Investing in our infrastructure is absolutely vital to grow our economy. Today's Infrastructure Investment Plan demonstrates exactly how, when and what we will invest in to deliver that goal, bringing substantial benefits for all of Scotland.

"It outlines more than 50 key infrastructure projects across a range of sectors. These are projects that will make a real difference economically - driving growth, supporting jobs and delivering a lasting legacy of generations to come.

"We have been crystal clear that we view capital investment as the vital foundation to lead us out of tough economic times. That is why, against the back drop of Westminster cuts in our capital budget, the Scottish Government has switched spending from revenue to capital and put in place a £2.5 billion Non-Profit Distributing pipeline. As a consequence of Scottish Government spending decisions, total capital spending in Scotland will rise by 25 per cent by 2014-15.

"Our clear commitment to dual the routes between all of our major cities by 2030 and complete the dualling of the A9 by 2025 goes further than any previous administration in Scotland. These improved connections will provide a huge boost for Scotland's economic future and will be particularly welcomed by the construction and civil engineering sectors.

"Similarly, improvements in our rail network will provide both benefits to travellers, and a long term boost for our economy. Inclusion of high speed rail highlights our commitment to the Scottish end of the project. We now need Westminster to act and include Scotland in their plans.

"The plan is also clear about our commitment to build new schools, colleges, hospitals and health facilities the length and breadth of Scotland.

"We will do this by using innovative financing methods, driving maximum value for every single pound of taxpayers' money. That is crucial in the face of Westminster cuts.

"And we will utilise whatever borrowing powers we are able to access over coming years. Indeed, if the UK government listens to our calls for more substantial and immediate powers than contained in the Scotland Bill, we could do even more."

 06/12/2011

 

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