Scottish transport policy

With the SNP sweeping to power what does this mean for transport? The SNP’s manifesto contains the following transport pledges:

  • Borders Railway project
  • M8 Baillieston to Newhouse, M74 Raith Junction and M8, M73 and M74 network improvements
  • Aberdeen Western Peripheral Routeand A90 Balmedie
  • A96 and A9 improvements
  • GlasgowFastlink
  • Modernisation of theGlasgowSubway
  • Edinburgh-Glasgow rail improvement programme, including electrification of much of the central Scotland network and more frequent and faster journeys between Glasgow and Edinburgh

Other rail proposals are to improve connections between Inverness and Aberdeen and between these cities and the central belt. The SNP also intends to make representation to the UK government for the reintegration of rail services in Scotland with the aim of making the delivery of rail services more efficient for the benefit of rail users in Scotland.

Other plans are to progress a new integrated ticketing system and invest in ferries. The Road Equivalent Tariff will continue on the current routes and they will look to roll this out to Argyll and Bute.

The investment in the Southern General Hospital, the Commonwealth Games and school, college and healthcare building programmes will also have implications for transport infrastructure.

The Future Transport Fund has already been launched by the SNP. This is a £50m fund to invest in projects which improve connectivity whilst reducing CO2 emissions -Scotland has a target to reduce emissions by 42% by 2020. It will be paid for through efficiency savings from the negotiation of the Forth Crossing contract.


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