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Plan and invest in public transport, MSPs urged

ICE news

SCOTLAND MUST end its 'can't wait but won't pay' approach to public transport, members of the Scottish Parliament were told this week.

ICE Scotland used its first parliamentary reception, held last week in Edinburgh, to ram home the importance of investment and proper planning in public transport.

The Scottish Executive recently committed to 'harness professional expertise' in delivering the government's transport programme.

ICE chairman for East of Scotland Simon Innes and chairman of Glasgow & West of Scotland David Hutchison emphasised that civil engineering is fundamental to safeguarding and improving infrastructure. The 21 MSPs were talked through plans for congestion charging in Edinburgh, the future of Scotland's railways, and some of the transport needs of rural communities.

Several MSPs have requested more information, reported Innes.

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