Scottish Conservatives launch Uniting Scotland infrastructure plan

The Scottish Conservatives have today launched their Uniting Scotland plan to rebuild Scotland’s roads, railways and infrastructure.

The plan sets out ambitious manifesto proposals to introduce a Scottish Smart Travel Card, reverse the Beeching cuts of the 1960s, and roll out full fibre broadband by 2027.

The party would also develop a new action plan to meet Scotland’s electric vehicle target, including a complete national charging system by 2025.

Douglas Ross also set out proposals to improve key road routes across Scotland including:

  • The A77 and A75.
  • The A82 between Glasgow and Inverness.
  • The A90 between Dundee and Aberdeen.
  • The A96 between Aberdeen and Inverness.
  • The A9 between Perth and Inverness.
  • Upgrading the A1 to a dual carriageway.
  • Extending the M8 to three lanes.
  • A new road to bypass the A83 Rest and Be Thankful.
  • Fixing the ice issues plaguing the Queensferry Crossing.

The party also revealed analysis showing more than a decade of delays to current infrastructure projects under the SNP Government, which predate the Covid-19 pandemic.

Scottish Conservative leader Douglas Ross said: “Our ambitious plans to rebuild Scotland would create tens of thousands of new jobs and generate long-term economic growth.

“We would unite Scotland with closer transport links and improved local services in every part of the country.

“If we’re going to tackle the looming economic and jobs crisis, we need to look at bold plans like a three-lane M8, reversing the Beeching cuts and rolling out full fibre broadband everywhere by 2027.

“The SNP’s infrastructure incompetence can be seen all over the country, from the ferries fiasco on the Clyde to the delayed Sick Kids hospital in Edinburgh to the roads in the North East they’ve been far too slow to fix.

“Any project by the SNP is inevitably delayed and the costs often spiral out of control.

“By stopping an SNP majority and their push for another referendum, the Scottish Conservatives would get all of the focus back onto rebuilding Scotland.”

Notes

 

The Infrastructure Plan is attached.

 

Key infrastructure projects under the SNP Government are delayed by 12 years:

All projects updates can be found here: (Scottish Government, Infrastructure Investment Plan 2015: major capital projects update September 2020, 4 December 2020, link).

Project: HMP Highland Original date works scheduled to be completed: Spring 2021

Delayed: Three years

New update: ‘The earliest potential operational date is now February 2024, which is later than what was previously reported.  This is due to the funding position still to be confirmed’.

Project: National Facility for Women Offenders

Original date works scheduled to be completed: October 2020

Delayed: 1 year 7 months.

New update: ‘The operational date for the new facility is now May 2022, which is later than previously reported.’

*This was delayed before COVID-19. March 2020 update had completion date at February 2022 (1 year 4 months)

Project: A90/A96 Haudagain Junction Improvement

Original date works scheduled to be completed: 2020

Delayed: At least a year and a half

New update: ‘The main works construction contract is progressing but early indications are that project completion is now anticipated in winter 2021’.

*This was delayed before COVID-19. March 2020 update had completion date at 2021. (1 year)

Project: A9 Luncarty to Pass of Birnam

Original date works scheduled to be completed: 2020

Delayed: At least a year and a half

New update: ‘The main works construction contract is progressing but early indications are that project completion is now anticipated in winter 2021’.

*This was delayed before COVID-19. March 2020 update had completion date at Spring 2021 (1 year)

 

Project: CMAL - Two new 100 metre ferries

Original date works scheduled to be completed: May 2018 (first vessel)

Delayed: up to 4 years

New update: ‘Delivery is now scheduled to be between April 2022 and June 2022 for the first vessel and between December 2022 and February 2023 for the second’.

 

NHS Grampian - Aberdeen Baird Family Hospital

Original date works scheduled to be completed: Fully operational early 2022.

Delayed: 1 year 10 months

New update: ‘estimated for November 2023’.

  

Total delays: 12 years 2 months

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