Michael Matheson, Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity, has provided an update into the Scottish government’s Infrastructure Investment Plan.
The plan, which will improve roads and rail, as well as other elements of the country’s infrastructure, has already seen more than £1.4 billion invested on projects throughout 2018-19, according to Michael Matheson.
This has encompassed important road infrastructure projects, such as the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route – itself subject to previous delays in light of Carillion’s liquidation at the start of last year.
In terms of rail, huge swathes of electrification have taken place, with approximately 100 kilometres of single track line from Dunblane through Stirling and Alloa all upgraded.
Published in 2015, the Infrastructure Investment Plan set out priorities for investment, as well as a long term strategy for the development of public infrastructure in Scotland.
For the transport sector, this includes significant work on railway, including the Highland Main Line project; Shotts electrification; the aforementioned Stirling Dunblane Alloa Electrification; Aberdeen to Investment Rail Improvement; and Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement Programme.
In terms of roads, the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route is the jewel in the crown, as one of the country’s biggest ever infrastructure projects.
A series of other A roads will also receive funding to deliver significant improvements.
Michael Matheson said that the government’s project pipeline publication shows infrastructure projects worth more than £3 billion will be in construction during the next year.
In terms of transport, greater advancements will occur too, with projects ensuring the country is fit for transport that is better for the environment.
Michael Matheson said: “Moving forward, our £5 billion commitment to infrastructure investment in 2019-20 will support 50,000 affordable homes, delivery of the extension of early learning and childcare, new roads and railways, electric vehicles and delivery of 100% superfast broadband across Scotland.”
The government will continue to work with the private sector, local government and other stakeholders to maximise infrastructure investment benefits.