£9bn Scottish high speed rail link floated

Aaron Morby 10 years ago

The SNP government is considering a high speed rail network for Scotland on condition UK politicians improve the line to the border.

The plan has not even been budgeted in the £60bn Scottish infrastructure plan unveiled yesterday.

Although a link from Manchester to Glasgow was costed at around £15bn.

The Scottish Government said it would be prepared to foot up to £9bn of the bill.

Infrastructure Minister Alex Neil said a faster rail link was part of future improvement plans, however, funds had not been committed in the newly announced programme.

High-speed rail is dependent on action from Westminster, Neil said.  “We think it is a mistake to start in London and we think it is a mistake to stop at Birmingham,” he added.

“Now, we are willing to look at that if we get a guarantee, in particular that the gap in England between Birmingham and the north of England, is going to be closed.”

The Scottish infrastructure plan has ambitious aims to improve roads and rail as well as schools and hospitals across the country over the next two decades.

The plan features 54 large infrastructure projects and 33 programmes across a range of areas, including schools, hospitals and housing. Ministers estimate every additional £100m of capital invested will generate £160m worth of economic activity and support 1,400 jobs.

The Scottish Government committed to improving motorway and dualcarriageway links, including the completion of upgrades to the M8, A96 and A9.

New colleges will be completed in Glasgow, Inverness and Kilmarnock, while a commitment was given to deliver projects such as the Southern General Hospital in Glasgow and Edinburgh.

    Project pipeline

    Forth Replacement Crossing
    Start on site made 2011, programmed completion 2016
    High Speed Rail
    Scotland’s inclusion in UK high speed rail network.
    £15bn from Manchester. Scottish fund £8-9 bn.
    To be defined (lines to Manchester by 2033).
    Edinburgh – Glasgow Rail Improvements
    Electrification further helps reduce emissions within the corridor.
    £1.1bn excluding rolling stock
    Starting in current control period (2009-2014) Delivered in phases throughout (2014-2019)
    A90 Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route
    £295 – £395m
    To be reviewed once the legal challenges resolved.
    A90 Balmedie to Tipperty
    8km of new dual carriageway between Balmedie and Tipperty
    To be reviewed once the legal challenges resolved.
    Borders Railway
    Reinstatement of the former Waverley Line between Edinburgh and Tweedbank
    Work expected to start on site in summer 2012.
    Glasgow Subway Modernisation
    Refurbished stations with improved accessibility including replacing escalators
    2011 to 2019
    M8 M73 M74 Motorway Improvements
    Completion of M8 between Edinburgh and Glasgow upgrading M74 Raith Junction
    Operational by 2016-17 (detailed timetable subject to review)
    Paisley Corridor rail improvements
    Enhancement of the existing railway between Glasgow Central and Paisley Gilmour Street Stations
    Glasgow Terminal Stations
    Capacity improvements to allow continued growth in rail travel
    Beyond 2019
    A9 Dual-carriageway (Perth to Inverness)
    Phased schemes from 2017 onwards.
    A96 Dual-carriageway
    Phased improvements of the A96 between Inverness and Aberdeen
    Inverness to Nairn £250-500m
    Phased schemes from 2017 onwards.
    Targeted Bypass Schemes
    Schemes identified in STPR, including Maybole and Nairn

    Phased schemes from 2017 onwards
    Targeted Trunk Road Improvements

    Schemes to be delivered post 2017 as funding becomes available.
    A82 Improvements
    Upgrading road along Loch Lomondside, improved overtaking opportunities Tyndrum to Glen Coe
    Beyond 2017 as funding becomes available.
    Aberdeen – Central Belt rail improvements
    Beyond 2019
    Clyde Fastlink
    Bus corridor between the city centre and Southern General Hospital.
    Aberdeen – Inverness Rail Improvements
    Phased from 2015 onwards
    Highland Main Line
    Upgrading the Highland Main Line between Perth and Inverness
    £250 – £600m
    Phased programme over period to 2025
    Intelligent Transport System
    Low Carbon Transport
    Low Carbon Vehicle technology, and further development of cycling infrastructure and freight modal shift

    Over period to 2022
    Maintaining Accessibility for all
    Support the infrastructure necessary to ensure that ferry, lifeline air and inland waterway journeys can continue

    Ongoing programme of investment
    Stornoway – Ullapool ferry
    Replace 2 current vessels
    Ferry and harbour projects
    Harbour works undertaken by CMAL and independent harbour trusts
    Next Generation Broadband Action Plan
    Delivering the ambition for next generation broadband to all by 2020
    The funding currently identified during this Parliamentary term is £144m
    We will announce further details of our approach in January 2012
    Renewable Energy, including district heating
    Implementation of the Scottish Renewables Routemap
    £200m over the Spending review period.
    Spending Review period
    Grid upgrades
    £8bn upgrade to transmission networks
    Some reinforcements are already delivered; some are underway; and some are longer term projects.
    Development of carbon capture and storage infrastructure
    Scottish Enterprise will publish the CCS cluster investment plan shortly.
    National Renewables Infrastructure Fund (N- RIF)
    £223m investment in key port and landside infrastructure
    Fund operational to 2015
    Scottish Water Investment Programme
    On going
    General Hospital and Maternity Services, NHS Fife
    Handover is programmed for 28 October 2011.
    NHS Dumfries and Galloway – Acute Mental Health Development
    New build 85 bed acute mental health facility
    In construction. Due to be operational in December 2011.
    NHS Lanarkshire – Airdrie Community Health Centre
    New build community health centre at Graham Street, Airdrie
    In construction
    NHS Lothian – Royal Victoria Hospital
    Reprovision of all services at present based on the Royal Victoria Hospital site
    In Construction. Operational in 2012.
    NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde – New South Glasgow Hospitals and Laboratory Facility Project
    In construction. Operational in 2015.
    NHS Grampian – Emergency Care Centre
    New build acute hospital extension to Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Foresterhill
    In construction. Operational in 2013.
    NHS Tayside – Unlicensed Medicines
    Construction to start in 2013. Operational in 2015.
    NHS Ayrshire and Arran – Mental Health
    Integrated mental health and community hospital facility
    NHS Dumfries & Galloway – Dumfries & Galloway Royal Infirmary Redevelopment
    Infirmary redevelopment to re-provide acute hospital services
    NHS Lothian – Royal Hospital for Sick Children
    Re-provision of children’s services and neurosciences to Little France
    NHS Orkney – Reprovision of Balfour Hospital and Kirkwall Dental Centre
    New integrated hospital and Kirkwall dental centre, serving the population of Orkney.
    Scottish National Blood Transfusion Service
    Rationalisation of the existing estate
    NHS Lothian – Reprovision of Royal Edinburgh Hospital
    Developing fit for purpose accommodation for adult acute mental health beds
    To be determined
    NHS Ayrshire & Arran – Building For Better Care
    To be determined
    Scotland’s Schools for the Future
    Replace or refurbish at least 55 schools across the country
    £1.25bn, of which £800m direct from Scottish Government
    2010-11 to 2017-18
    Glasgow School of Art
    2011 site start
    2014 completion
    Technology Innovation Centre based at the University of Strathclyde
    Building tender will be issued in February 2012
    City of Glasgow College
    Development of the College estate on two sites
    2013 site start
    2016 completion
    Inverness College
    The relocation of the College to Inverness Campus.
    2013 site start
    2015 completion
    Kilmarnock College
    The relocation of the College to part of a town centre site previously occupied by Diageo.
    2013 site start
    2015 completion
    Affordable housing and National Housing Trust
    30,000 affordable homes over the five years
    March 2015
    Fuel Poverty and Energy Efficiency programmes
    2012 – 2015
    Warm Homes Fund
    2012 – 2016
    Implement regeneration strategy – details to be confirmed within the Regeneration Strategy
    £150m: 2012-13 to 2014-15
    V&A at Dundee
    New high-profile museum on Dundee waterfront
    Completion by end 2015
    Storage, repairs and maintenance at national cultural and heritage organisations
    By 2021
    Glasgow 2014: concert hall and theatre improvements
    13.5m for Royal Concert Hall, £10m for Theatre Royal).
    Spring to summer 2014
    Emergency Services Future Communications Programme
    Starts 2016 and concluding 2020.
    Scottish Crime Campus Construction
    The project completes Autumn 2013
    Parliament House Redevelopment
    £63m, around £15m still to be delivered.
    Phases 3 & 4 aim to be completed by end 2014-15..
    HMP Grampian
    To be built in Peterhead
    Contract awarded
    HMP Inverclyde
    HMP Inverclyde will replace the existing HMP Greenock
    To be determined
    SPS will award a contract for the design and construction
    HMP Stirling
    HMP Stirling will replace the existing female prison facilities at HMP Cornton Vale
    To be determined
    SPS will award a contract for the design and construction
    HMP Glasgow
    HMP Glasgow will replace the existing facilities at HMP Barlinnie
    To be determined
    SPS will award a contract for the design and
    HMP Highland
    HMP Highland will replace the existing HMP Inverness
    To be determined
    SPS will award a contract for the design and construction
    Scottish Court Replacement and Rationalisation
    Reduce the court estate and upgrade core buildings to deal with the resultant increased pressure of business.
    £10-20m per project
    3-5 years from confirmation of funding.
    Criminal Courts Complex – Parliament House
    Project will return the court of criminal appeal, plus an additional High Court criminal court to the Parliament house complex.
    2-3 years from confirmation of funding.
    The Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games
    Velodrome: June 2012
    Stadium: May 2014
    Aquatics Centre: February 2013

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