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Scottish Parliament sets out £72M transport package

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

The Highlands

  • 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

Readers' comments (1)

  • John Mather

    It's good to see that Transport Scotland is spending some 'real' money on major road improvements intended to improve the movement of goods and road safety. But these figures need to be kept in proportion. The 2011 PESA report indicates that £948m was spent on railways in Scotland in 2010-11 which is a lot more than the £519m reportedly spent on national roads. A further £655m was reportedly spent on local roads.

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