A civil engineer elected to Parliament this month has called on the government to extend the £43bn High Speed 2 line to Scotland.
Alan Brown was a principal engineer for consultant Grontmij before becoming Scottish National Party (SNP) MP for Kilmarnock and Loudoun in the recent general election.
He told NCE he hoped his engineering background would be an asset in national politics, and spoke about his desire to see more infrastructure built north of the border.
HS2 is currently due to link London with Manchester and Leeds via Birmingham, but Brown would like to see it extended to Scotland.
“My engineering background will help as there are some big infrastructure projects ahead,” he said. “We are really keen for high speed rail to link up with Scotland. In the five-year timescale of thisParliament it is about bringing a better focus to the strategy. We want to see a commitment to take HS2 to Scotland.”
Brown said the SNP wanted more borrowing powers devolved to Holyrood.
“That would allow us to create a much stronger investment programme for road and rail,” he said.
“I would like to see investment in road and rail in Scotland. In my constituency I would like to see investment in services from Kilmarnock southwards.”