A contract to support the second review of Scotland’s strategic transport network, including road and rail assets, has been awarded to a Jacobs Aecom JV.
The Jacobs and Aecom will deliver services including modelling, appraisal and forecasting all taking account of policies from the Scottish government’s new National Transport Strategy.
According to the prior information notice, the Aecom Jacobs review will identify projects across the strategic road and rail networks, active travel, island connectivity and the bus sector. It will align with the next National Planning Framework and inform a 20-year Infrastructure Investment plan for Scottish Ministers.
The review will also need to take into account Scotland’s Economic Strategy and the Climate Change Plan.
This is the second strategic review, the first was published in 2008. Recommendations in the previous report included a Forth Replacement Crossing, Edinburgh to Glasgow Rail Improvements and upgrading the A9 from Dunblane to Inverness.
Cabinet secretary for transport, infrastructure and connectivity Michael Matheson said the review will set out a shared vision for the future of Scottish Transport.
“The Scottish Government is fully committed to building a sustainable transport system that supports our economy and helps deliver inclusive growth,” he said.
“Work is already underway on the review of the National Transport Strategy which will set out a shared vision for a future of our transport system and the second Strategic Transport Projects Review will build on that by identifying the infrastructure required to make this a reality.
“We have given a commitment to a collaborative review that considers the views of other bodies, for example, transport authorities and stakeholders, businesses, community groups and special interest groups. We will be inviting parties to engage in due course and look forward to continuing with our ongoing conversations on transport and its wider benefits and impacts.”
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