£33bn infrastructure investment plan published

The Scottish Government has published its infrastructure investment plan that is backed by £33 billion over the course of the next parliament.

“Significant capital investment in healthcare, education, transport and the environment over the next five years has been set out,” said the Scottish Government.

It said the Infrastructure Investment Plan (IIP) and Capital Spending Review, both published on Thursday, “confirm a five year plan of investment that will support 45,000 jobs and build healthcare facilities, schools and local facilities across Scotland.”

£2 billion has been added to the plan since the draft version was published in September and new funding announcements include £110 million for digital public services transformation, £50 million for Active Freeways and £60 million for climate adaptation of the trunk road network.

Infrastructure Secretary Michael Matheson said: “Since we published our draft IIP in September, we have received broad support for our world-leading approach and have increased the total spend by £2 billion to further boost our economic and green recovery from the pandemic.

“Our overall focus is on driving inclusive economic growth, the transition to net zero, and building resilient and sustainable places.

“This package of significant investment will support economic confidence in every corner of Scotland and send out a clear message that we will continue to do all we can to secure our recovery from coronavirus (COVID-19).

“In the process we will also be supporting over 45,000 jobs and building a strong future for Scotland.”

The plan outlines investments including:

  • £2.3 billion for healthcare, including the £204 million additional funding for The Baird Family Hospital and ANCHOR centre in Aberdeen as well as the Grampian, Perth and Kirkcaldy elective facilities, and £67 million for the provision of a new health and social care community hub in Parkhead
  • £2 billion for education and learning facilities, including a new city centre primary school and a new Gaelic school in Glasgow, with up to £90 million towards the Dunfermline Learning Campus
  • significant investment to strengthen connectivity across Scotland with £600 million for the R100 programme
  • around £1.5 billion towards transport, including £550 million for rail decarbonisation, over £500 million for bus priority, over £550 million for active travel infrastructure projects and £287 million for the Future Transport Fund
  • measures to support climate adaptation include £150 million additional funding for flood risk management and £12 million for coastal change adaptation

The Scottish Government said investments for each region of Scotland are listed below.

Highlands & Islands:

  • Inverness and Highland City Region Deal investment as well as Moray and Islands Growth Deal investments
  • £30 million in delivering the National Islands Plan
  • over £6 million to Highlands and Islands Enterprise to deliver the Green Jobs Fund
  • strengthened connectivity and a future-proofed superfast broadband network through the £600 million R100 programme
  • replacement health facilities on Barra (St Brendan’s) and new North of Scotland elective care centre in Inverness
  • learning estate projects such as the Castlebay Campus, the Tain 3-18 Campus, Findrassie and Broadford Primary Schools and Nairn Academy
  • support for the reinstatement of the Cairngorm Funicular with a further £10 million
  • improvements to piers and harbours and support ferry services to and from Scotland’s islands. This includes the Skye Triangle and proposed projects at Lochboisdale, Armadale and Kennacraig, and an Oban Masterplan
  • funding for two new ferries designed to provide a year round service to the Isle of Arran and the Uig Triangle
  • conclude the HMP Highland facility

Mid Scotland & Fife:

  • Edinburgh and South East Scotland, Stirling and Clackmannanshire and Tay Cities City Region Deals investments as well as Falkirk Growth Deal investment
  • Perth and Kirkcaldy elective care facilities
  • learning estate projects at Callander Primary School, Perth High School, North Perth Primary School and Inverkeithing High School
  • for colleges, investment of up to £90 million in the Dunfermline Learning Campus
  • National Facility for Women Offenders

North East Scotland:

  • Aberdeen City Region Deal investment
  • over £200 million in the Baird Hospital and Anchor Centre  project in Aberdeen as well as Grampian elective care facilities
  • learning estate projects at Peterhead Community Campus, Monifieth High School and a new campus to replace Cragie and Braeview High Schools in Dundee
  • Dundee Community Custody Unit
  • Continued support businesses in the energy sectors as they grow and diversify through our £60 million Energy Transition Fund, focused on the North East, and helping the wider energy sector and supply chain
  • Aberdeen to Central Belt Rail improvements

Glasgow & West of Scotland:

  • Glasgow & Clyde Valley City Region Deal investment as well as Argyll and Bute and Ayrshire Growth Deal investments
  • £67 million for the provision of a new health and social care community hub in Parkhead that will replace 10 different buildings across Glasgow North east area and £10 million to complete the National Secure Adolescent Inpatient Service in Irvine
  • conclude £75 million investment in the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland
  • learning estate projects in Ardrossan Community Learning and Innovation Hub and Montgomerie Park Primary School in North Ayrshire, Doon Valley Community Campus and St Sophia’s Primary School in East Ayrshire, Neilston Primary School and St Thomas’ Primary School in East Renfrewshire and Faifley Campus in West Dunbartonshire, Newton Farm Primary School in South Lanarkshire; as well as a new city centre primary school and a new Gaelic school in Glasgow
  • £100 million to support the modernisation of the Glasgow Subway
  • rail service improvements between East Kilbride and Glasgow
  • £25 million investment in zero carbon energy infrastructure for residential and commercial premises along the river Clyde
  • £25 million to support the Clyde Gateway’s 20 year programme of regeneration
  • replacement HMP Glasgow facility to provide a fit-for-purpose community facing prison as well as the Glasgow Community Custody Unit

Lothians:

  • Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal investment
  • Edinburgh Cancer Centre and the Short Stay Elective Centre in St John’s Hospital in Livingston
  • learning estate projects in Liberton High School, Wester Hailes Education Centre and a new community high school in Edinburgh; Wallyford High School and Whitecraig Primary School in East Lothian; Mayfield Primary School, Beeslack Community High School and Penicuik High School in Midlothian; and Beatlie Additional Support Needs Campus and East Calder Primary School in West Lothian
  • Investment of up to £58 million in the Biomes project at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh to transform the garden’s estate

South of Scotland:

  • Borderlands and Ayrshire Growth Deal investments as well as Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal investment
  • £20 million to further increase tree nursery capacity, investing in new and redeveloped facilities at Newton Don Nursery, near Kelso
  • learning estate investments at Dumfries High School, Galashiels Academy & Peebles High School, and Maybole Community Campus in South Ayrshire
  • £3.6 million to South of Scotland Enterprise to deliver the Green Jobs Fund

 

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