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ICE slams Scottish inaction for crumbling infrastructure

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COMPLACENCY AND inaction by the Scottish Parliament is allowing the country's infrastructure to crumble, the ICE said this week.

'We have had five years of devolved government when remarkable powers were given to the Scottish Executive and frankly we are no better off, ' said ICE executive secretary for Scotland Wylie Cunningham.

'Scotland is entitled to ask what the Scottish Parliament and the Scottish Executive are achieving with all the power and resources the voters gave them, ' he said.

Cunningham was speaking ahead of the launch of the ICE's annual State of the Nation Report. The report is an annual assessment of the UK's infrastructure, with assets graded from A to E (see page 20).

In Scotland, transport was singled out for particular criticism, scoring D against an overall UK score of C.

The report says the Scottish Executive had failed to deliver an integrated transport strategy and calls for urgent investment in the road and rail networks.

'There can be no denying the fact that Scotland's infrastructure is becoming increasingly geriatric and that major new investment in our essential services is desperately needed if we are to meet the demands of this decade, let alone prepare for the next, ' said Cunningham.

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