New figures released by the Scottish Government reveal record levels of spending on transport and infrastructure in Scotland – demonstrating the SNP’s commitment to boosting connectivity and growing Scotland’s economy. In 2015/16 the Scottish Government invested:
£800 million in Scotland’s railways (£37 million more than the previous year)
£187 million in ferry services (£20 million more than the previous year)
Over £50 million in air travel
£261million in concessionary fares and bus services (£7 million more than the previous year)
A decade-high £657 million for motorways and trunk roads.
Since becoming Scotland’s government in 2007, the SNP has delivered:
Major road projects worth a total of £8.6 billion – including the Queensferry Crossing and Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route
22 completed motorway and trunk road schemes.
Commenting, Kenneth Gibson said:
“These figures show just how serious the SNP is about governing for growth – delivering major improvements to our transport network to help communities across Scotland prosper. “As well as record spending in key transport sectors, we’ve set ourselves an ambitious £20 billion programme of major infrastructure investment over this parliament – including £5 billion for rail improvements and dualling the major A9 and A96 trunk roads between Scotland’s cities. “With the last section of the new Queensferry Crossing lifted into place just last week, this incredible feat of engineering will substantially improve our transport links in the east of Scotland when it opens to traffic in May. “Despite drastic cuts to Scotland’s budget from the Tories at Westminster, the SNP will continue investing to keep Scotland moving forward – getting more people onto public transport while also delivering faster journey times to boost productivity and economic growth.” ENDS