Delivering for Scotland #44: Road Upgrades
The SNP is committed to the largest transport investment programme that Scotland has ever seen, despite relentless Westminster budget cuts. While the Scottish Government is entirely committed to a just transition towards a net-zero emissions society, roads upgrades remain a vital part of this.
The SNP government has completed 23 major improvements to our motorways and trunk roads. These include the M80 Stepps to Haggs , M74 Completion project and the £745 million Aberdeen Bypass.
The latter opened in in February 2019, producing savings in journey times and reductions in HGV traffic through Aberdeen. And, of course, the SNP Scottish Government delivered the £1.35 billion marvel on the Forth – the Queensferry Crossing.
The new crossing is the longest three-tower, cable-stayed bridge in the world. What’s more, it was delivered £245 million below budget.
The SNP government has also connected Glasgow to Edinburgh with continuous motorway for the first time. And the first section of the £3 billion project to dual the A9 from Perth to Inverness has been completed – between Kincraig and Dalraddy – with construction of the second section – between Luncarty and Pass of Birnam – progressing well.
In the South of Scotland, the Scottish Government is taking forward the construction of the Maybole bypass on the A77, making further improvements to the A75 and exploring how to better connect Dumfries and the M74.