Scottish Government adds to £33 billion infrastructure plan

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A further £2 billion has been added to Scotland’s now £33 billion infrastructure investment plan (IIP) since the draft version was published in September.

The Scottish Government said a five year plan of investment will support 45,000 jobs and build hospitals, schools and local facilities.

The additional £2 billion added since the draft launch includes £110 million for digital public services transformations, £50 million for active freeways and £60 million for climate adaptation of the trunk road network.

The plan also outlines investments including:

  • £2.3 billion for healthcare, including the £204 million additional funding for The Baird Family Hospital and ANCHOR centre in Aberdeen as well as the Grampian, Perth and Kirkcaldy elective facilities, and £67 million for the provision of a new health and social care community hub in Parkhead.
  • £2 billion for education and learning facilities, including a new city centre primary school and a new Gaelic school in Glasgow, with up to £90 million towards the Dunfermline Learning Campus.
  • Significant investment to strengthen connectivity across Scotland with £600 million for the R100 programme.
  • Around £1.5 billion towards transport, including £550 million for rail decarbonisation, over £500 million for bus priority, over £550 million for active travel infrastructure projects and £287 million for the future transport fund.
  • Measures to support climate adaptation include £150 million additional funding for flood risk management and £12 million for coastal change adaptation.

The Scottish Government’s infrastructure secretary, Michael Matheson, said, “Since we published our draft IIP in September, we have received broad support for our world-leading approach and have increased the total spend by £2 billion to further boost our economic and green recovery from the pandemic.

“Our overall focus is on driving inclusive economic growth, the transition to net zero, and building resilient and sustainable places. This package of significant investment will support economic confidence in every corner of Scotland and send out a clear message that we will continue to do all we can to secure our recovery from Covid-19. In the process we will also be supporting over 45,000 jobs and building a strong future for Scotland.”