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SNP rejects Forth bridge aid pledge

Scottish finance secretary John Swinney has rejected calls for an estimated £1bn taxpayers subsidy for thenew Forth road bridge.

Liam Byrne, chief secretary to the Treasury, had told the Scottish Parliament:: “I am willing to confirm the exceptional funding package… and I am sure that if we continue to work together on that basis, we can support you constructively on this important project.”

Adding that he was disappointing that the Scottish Government is unable to find value for money to find resources for the bridge, he said: “The Scottish Government has sole responsibility to prioritise its resources as it makes these choices.”

But according to an SNP spokesman: “This Treasury response makes no sense, but it has no implications for our commitment to build the Forth replacement crossing on time and on budget.”

SNP ministers have called for the Treasury to bring forward money due to the Holyrood administration over a 20-year period to pay for the new £2.3bn bridge.

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