Scotland has £300m of shovel ready infrastructure

Grant Prior 12 years ago

Infrastructure projects worth more than £300m are ready to start on site across Scotland if they can secure funding from Westminster.

Scottish Cabinet Secretary Alex Neil has highlighted a list of 36 projects that are “shovel ready”.

All of the projects are close to, or already have completed the planning and procurement process, and are ready for construction to get underway.

The Scottish Government is now asking the UK Government to allow Scotland to bring forward capital funding from future years, to allow construction to get underway straight away.

Neil said: “The Scottish Government has always been clear that investing in our infrastructure is one of the primary ways to create jobs and stimulate growth in our economy.

“That is why Westminster cuts in our capital budget of 32%  are both wrong and damaging.

“But we are not simply accepting these cuts. Instead we are acting to maintain investment by switching revenue spending to capital funding, and bringing forward a £2.5 billion pipeline of projects to be delivered through the non-profit distributing model.

“This means Scottish Government supported capital spending will be 25% higher by the end of the spending review.

“But the cuts we are having to absorb mean that certain projects have not been delivered as quickly as we would like.

“At a recent meeting the Prime Minister suggested to the First Minister that he accepted the principle of bringing forward capital investment but explained there are not suitable “shovel ready” projects in England which could receive funding to begin in 2012 or 2013.

“That is not the case in Scotland, and the First Minister made that clear, and suggested supplying a list highlighting where opportunities exist.

“We have done that, showing there are valuable projects, that will boost the economy and provide work, right across Scotland, that are ripe for investment now.”

Full list of projects submitted to the UK Government:

Ullapool Pier – Passenger access system, traffic management, new berthing dolphin and replacement linkspan, £4m

Gourock-Dunoon Pontoons £2m

Kennacraig Phase 2, £4m

A96 Threapland, £6m

A68 Pathhead to Tynehead Junction, £6m

A95 Lackgie, £4m

A702 Candymill Bend and Edmonstone Brae, £4m

A737 Head Street Roundabout, £1.5m

A876 Kincardine Bridge Refurbishment, £14m

A75 Hardgrove to Kinmount, £10m

M8 M73 M74 Motorway Improvements: Advance Public Utilities, £37.8m

Health Maintenance to ensure assets are safe, effective and person centred, £50m

Accelerating Schools for the Future – worth £30.8m

University of Glasgow – Centre for Virology Research, £13m

University of Dundee – Phases 2 and 3 – refurbishment of Duncan of Jordanstone,

University of Abertay / Dundee College – Dundee Academy of Sport, £6m

University of Edinburgh – Centre for Humanities and Social Sciences, £8m

Dundee Central Waterfront, £4.5m

Fife Energy Park – Site Development, £3.5m

ITREZ Technology Innovation Centre, £4m

ATOS Building – Forress Enterprise Park, £3m

Inverness Campus, £6m

Forres Enterprise Park – Extension of Roads, £2m

Forres Enterprise Park – Provide 2 Units, £3m

European Marine Science Park – Ground works, £3.5m

Creative Clyde, £1.7m

National Renewable Infrastructure Plan – Hunterston Quay Upgrade, £2m

Priority investments within Local Authority Strategic Housing Investment Plans £15m

Clyde Gateway developments at Bridgeton Cross, Dalmarnock Cross, Rutherglen and Shawfield, £37m

Ayr Gaiety Theatre regeneration, £1m

National Records of Scotland – Thomas Thomson House – urgent roof repairs, £1.5m

Historic Scotland – Abbotsford House – restoration to bring into public use ,£0.7m

Historic Scotland – Lews Castle development, £1m

Forestry Commission Scotland – upgrade of visitor facilities at David Marshall Lodge, Aberfoyle and Queen’s View, Perthshire, £1m

National Parks – visitor facility improvements within the National Parks, £1m

Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh – commence replacement of the Garden’s ageing glasshouses, £1.5m

TOTAL £302m

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