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Scottish Government to set out £60bn infrastructure programme

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December 5 2011

Scottish Government to set out £60bn infrastructure programme
The Scottish Government is poised to unveil a £60bn construction programme covering 50 major projects this week in an effort to stimulate the economy.

Planned projects include the Forth Replacement Crossing whilst a further 30 programmes, such as housing and Schools for the Future, will also be financed under the initiative.

Infrastructure secretary Alex Neil said: “This week I will publish a plan to invest billions in more than 80 major capital projects and programmes. They are all significant developments that will both boost growth and deliver a lasting legacy that benefits generations to come.

“All of these projects will signal a clear intent and provide the kind of solid foundations and certainty our construction industry demands.”

A contact and education centre for the crossing is also planned
A contact and education centre for the crossing is also planned
The crossing will cost an estimated £1.45-£1.6bn and is anticiapted to complete in 2016
The crossing will cost an estimated £1.45-£1.6bn and is anticiapted to complete in 2016

6 Comments

Brian
#1 Posted by Brian on 5 Dec 2011 at 19:56 PM
Waste of money really.
Osborne
#2 Posted by Osborne on 6 Dec 2011 at 09:45 AM
Care to expand Brian?
Basil's Pence
#3 Posted by Basil's Pence on 6 Dec 2011 at 11:20 AM
I wouldn't go expecting expansion, Osborne. Whenever a politician is in a story we're in the realm of Scotsman comments-like yah-booness.

As for the story, it's obviously not what we'd wish for, but given Holyrood's budgetary constraints I think they're doing as well as can be realistically expected.
Brian
#4 Posted by Brian on 6 Dec 2011 at 13:49 PM
Yes no problem.it can be done a lot cheaper than that.as pointed out by many folk.
The Bairn
#5 Posted by The Bairn on 6 Dec 2011 at 13:58 PM
Whilst Im not so keen on new roads, rail or bridges projects being announced the bigger picture of stimulating the construction industry and thus creating jobs should be welcomed with open arms. Just give us more buildings to design and employ architectural staff pronto!!
Dave Anderson
#6 Posted by Dave Anderson on 6 Dec 2011 at 22:14 PM
None of this is new money! And what use is £60B in the next 30 years. We may as well say £200B in the next 60 years, it means nothing as well.

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