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Scottish Infrastructure Commission to draw up 30-year plan


A 30-year Scottish infrastructure strategy is set to be drawn up by the newly formed Infrastructure Commission for Scotland. 

Future ICE President Rachel Skinner is one of 10 infrastructure experts appointed to develop a 30 year strategy for Scotland’s infrastructure.  

The Infrastructure Commission for Scotland, chaired by Ian Russell, will give independent, informed advice on the “vision, ambition and priorities for infrastructure in Scotland”. 

The commission will support the delivery of the Scottish Government’s National Infrastructure Mission and the development of the Infrastructure Investment Plan for the next five years. 

The other newly appointed commissioners include Professor of Public Policy and Governance Iain Docherty, former Galliford Try chief exectuie officer Ken Gillespie, Benny Higgins, the chief executive officer of Tesco Bank, Scottish civil servant Mary Pitcaithly, general secretary of the Scottish trades Union Congress Grahame Smith, ICE Regional Director Sara Thiam, Optimity Chairman John Trower and Professor of Sociology of Organisations Janette Webb.

Scottish transport and infrastructure secretary Michael Matheson said: “I am delighted the Infrastructure Commission is starting its work. Together the members bring a wide and balanced range of skills and insights. It has a key role in advising Scottish ministers on strategic investments to boost inclusive economic growth, improve services and support delivery of Scotland’s low carbon objectives”. 

“Under our new National Infrastructure Mission, Scottish ministers have committed to steadily increase annual investment so it is £1.56bn more in 2025-26 than in 2019-20, meaning more than £25bn in infrastructure investment through the next Parliament,” Matheson added. 

Skinner is set to take over as ICE President in 2020, and will be the youngest person ever to lead the institution.  

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