Saturday, 20 February 2016 07:13

SCOTTISH transport investment outstrips rest of UK

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 Scotland is investing twice as much per person on transport as England and has spent more per head on improving infrastructure than all other nations in the UK since the SNP came to power in 2007, according to new independent analysis.
 The figures, compiled by researchers from the Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe), also show a rise in transport investment in Scotland from 2007 per head of population, while spending has dropped in England over the same period.

 Jim Eadie MSP, Convenor of Holyrood’s Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee, has welcomed the findings as a significant endorsement of the SNP’s record in government – on improving transport connectivity for all of Scotland, boosting the economy and redressing years of neglect from the Labour and the Lib Dems in government.
 Figures also show a substantial 43% increase per head on spending on national roads with the SNP, 17% more on local roads and an additional 8% on local public transport – when compared to the previous Labour/Lib Dem administration.
 For every single year that the SNP has been in government in Scotland it has invested more per head than England, Wales and Northern Ireland on transport infrastructure.
 Commenting, Jim Eadie MSP said:
 “The SNP has a clear commitment to investing in modern and effective transport infrastructure, serving all of Scotland.
 “We’re spending more per head on our roads, railways and public transport networks than under Labour and the Lib Dems – meaning better connected communities across the country and shorter journey times.
 “This is good news for people living in Scotland, for visitors to our country and a significant boost to local businesses and the wider economy.
 “Dithering by previous Labour-led administrations in Scotland led to frustrating delays to vital infrastructure projects like dualling the A9, the M74 extension and Aberdeen’s Western Peripheral Route.
 “By contrast, the SNP in government moved swiftly to get mothballed plans off the drawing board and back into construction – and commenced major projects such as the new Queensferry Crossing which opens to traffic this year.
 “Since 2007 Scotland has consistently outperformed the other nations in the UK– with twice as much spent on transport investment per head than in England.
 “Alongside this, Scottish Government has announced increased expenditure on active travel – promoting healthy lifestyles by encouraging walking and cycling.
 “If re-elected in May, the SNP will continue to prioritise transport investment.”