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SNP manifesto promises energy and rail infrastructure investment

The SNP manifesto for next month’s general election includes a pledge to back plans to commission a high speed rail link between its biggest cities and the north of England.

It said its spending plans for the next Parliament include ‘substantial’ investment in new infrastructure. Connecting Scotland to High Speed 2 is a priority for the party, and it wanted to see construction beginning in Scotland and not just England.

The manifesto said: “We’ll back budget plans to invest more in the infrastructure of Scotland and the north of England, including the commissioning of high speed rail linking Glasgow, Edinburgh and the north of England.”

Edinburgh Castle

The SNP says high speed rail projects should link to Edinburgh and Glasgow

It also laid out how infrastructure investment would be put into the energy sector to maximise renewables generation, with a particular focus on offshore energy generation.

The manifesto claimed: “Current Westminster plans put at risk the creation of a strong domestic renewables industry, including a sustainable supply chain, and threaten Scotland’s security of supply.”

The SNP said it would press for progress and a timescale for delivery of the islands interconnector, where Scotland’s islands – Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles – would be linked to the mainland transmission grid. It also wanted a change in transmission charging to prevent the closure of Longannet power station, as well as secure and long term financial support for offshore wind.

However it said it would oppose the Infrastructure Bill so people wouldn’t have drilling under their homes without permission and back a moratorium on fracking.

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