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07/01/19 11:15

Boost for Tay cities region

£50m for new transport and industry projects.

 

An additional £50 million investment in the Tay cities region will support manufacturing businesses and the delivery of the Cross Tay Link Road.   

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has confirmed £40 million will be invested in the new road, which will link the A9 over the River Tay to the A93 and A94 north of Scone, reducing congestion in Perth and opening up sites for housing and economic development.

The remaining £10 million will fund an industrial investment programme to support manufacturing businesses across the region - covering Dundee, Perth, Angus and the north of Fife.

This funding is in addition to the Scottish Government’s £150 million commitment to the Tay Cities Region Deal and brings overall Scottish Government investment in the area to £200 million over the next ten to 15 years.

The First Minister said:

“Our further £50 million investment in the Tay cities region will support transport infrastructure and manufacturing projects, benefiting people and businesses and ensuring the area continues to grow and thrive.

“As well opening up land for new housing and employment sites, the Cross Tay Link Road will reduce traffic congestion in and around Perth and improve the air quality in the city centre and Bridgend.

“The £10 million industrial investment programme will help drive forward our ambitions to be a global manufacturing leader, creating opportunities for businesses right across the region.

“I am confident the Scottish Government’s overall investment of £200 million in the Tay Cities region will improve people’s quality of life and encourage sustainable economic growth in the Tay area and Scotland as a whole.”

Councillor Murray Lyle, leader of Perth & Kinross Council, welcomed the announcement on behalf of the Tay Cities Deal partnership. He said:

“This is fantastic news for the Tay cities region. We welcome the introduction of an industrial strategy which will encourage innovation and inward investment and support sustainable skills development across the whole of the Tay cities region. This will in turn boost opportunities for strategic partnerships with businesses, contribute to the local, national and global economy and create prosperous communities. Working together, we can make the Tay cities region the best place in Scotland to start and grow a business and boost productivity with a skilled and committed workforce and high quality jobs.

“The news of funding for the Cross Tay Link Road is hugely welcome. This project supports the exciting expansion of Perth and Kinross, opening up new housing, industrial development and job creation in the beating heart of Scotland. As well as being a multi-million pound infrastructure project in itself, the road will support the growing population in the area to live life well and expand opportunities for inward investment and better connectivity across Scotland.”

Background  

The Tay Cities Region Deal brings together public, private and voluntary organisations in the council areas of Angus, Dundee, Fife and Perth & Kinross. The Heads of Terms agreement was signed on 22 November 2018 with both the Scottish and UK Governments committing £150 million to a deal which has the potential to secure more than 6,000 jobs and lever in more than £400 million in investment over the next ten to 15 years.

A working group led by Scottish Enterprise will be set up to oversee the development of the industrial investment programme.

The Cross Tay Link Road is part of Perth & Kinross Council’s Perth Transport Futures plan.

The industrial investment programme will further bolster the benefits to the region from the work of the new National Manufacturing Institute for Scotland as it develops.

Notes to Editors

Councillor John Alexander leader of Dundee City Council said:

"I am pleased that this additional funding has been announced and keen to start using some of the money as soon as we can to begin the process of creating new opportunities for people currently without jobs to get into employment.

"In addition we want to ensure that those who are in work have the best possible opportunities to progress, not just for the individuals concerned but as a way of improving economic outcomes for everyone living and working in the Tay Cities area."