Transport Scotland has confirmed the focus of its Strategic Transport Projects Review (STPR2), which will start later this year.
The national transport agency of Scotland – created in 2006 – says the review will focus on identifying any potential transport investment opportunities in the country over the next 20 years.
The agency will work alongside the government to ensure Scotland’s infrastructure is up to standard in the next couple of decades.
Humza Yousaf, Transport Minister for the Scottish government, said they will work with Transport Scotland, as well as other key stakeholders, community groups, the general public, special interest groups, and local councils to identify the roads and railways that need to be upgraded.
The Scottish government, together with Transport Scotland, has long since displayed its commitment to improving the country’s roads and railways, which will provide a gateway for businesses to easily access Scotland.
Last year saw the opening of the £500 million Motorway Improvement Project to upgrade stretches of the M8, M73 and M74 motorways. This project, according to Mr Yousaf, is progressing.
Elsewhere, the A9 dualling project between Perth and Kinross – one of the most important ongoing infrastructure schemes in the country – is making steady progress too.
And at the Transport Infrastructure Conference in Edinburgh, Mr Yousaf explained the focus on STPR2.
He said: “We now want to look to the future and STPR2 will examine the strategic transport infrastructure interventions required to support Scotland’s Economic Strategy, including inclusive growth objectives, reflecting outcomes and priorities to be set out in the National Transport Strategy (NTS2) and will align with other Scottish government national plans, policies and strategies.
“STPR2 will help ensure that we deliver transport infrastructure improvements for Scotland which are fit for the 21st century. We are already engaging with stakeholders in the Borders and in Aberdeen and we expect to start similar engagement in the south west of Scotland shortly.
“The review, to be completed within the lifetime of the current Parliament, will have both a national and a regional focus.”