Details of how new budget allocations will be spent have been unveiled by Scottish finance secretary John Swinney in the Scottish Parliament.
The specific transport strand of the announcement represents a package of almost £72M aimed at improving journey times, relieving congestion and making Scotland’s roads even safer. It also marks a significant step forward in the vital design and development work for a multi-billion pound upgrade programme.
During this afternoon’s Stage 3 Debate on the Budget Bill, it was confirmed that additional capital allocation for 2012-2015 for transport includes:
South West Scotland and Ayrshire
- £10M to start building the £28 million A737 Dalry Bypass, to start construction by 2014, subject to completion of the statutory process
- £20M funding for upgrade to the A75, a key route to the south west ports
- £21M for vital upgrade to A77 and improve road safety between Symington and Bogend Toll
North East of Scotland
- £8M funding for north east road projects
- £5M to start building the £12M-£15M A96 Inveramsay Bridge and take forward design work for A90 Haudagain
- Over £12M funding for Highland road projects
- New funding to take forward design work to complete the dualling of the A9 between Perth and Inverness and upgrade the A82