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11/02/19 00:01

Infrastructure Commission appointed

Group to look at 30 year strategy for Scotland’s infrastructure needs.

An independent commission to advise on a 30 year strategy for infrastructure investment has appointed its final members.

The group, chaired by Ian Russell CBE, will provide independent, informed advice on the vision, ambition and priorities for infrastructure in Scotland.

The newly appointed commissioners are Professor Iain Docherty, Ken Gillespie, Benny Higgins, Mary Pitcaithly OBE, Rachel Skinner, Grahame Smith, Sara Thiam, John Trower and Professor Janette Webb.

Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure Michael Matheson said: “I am delighted the Infrastructure Commission is starting its work. Together the members bring a wide and balanced range of skills and insights. It has a key role in advising Scottish Ministers on strategic investments to boost inclusive economic growth, improve services and support delivery of Scotland’s low carbon objectives.

“We know the value of investing in infrastructure goes beyond the physical homes, schools and hospitals we see in everyday life. It also unlocks economic potential, supports jobs and allows our businesses and communities to strengthen and grow. And it plays a crucial role in connecting our people, businesses and communities.

“Under our new National Infrastructure Mission, Scottish Ministers have committed to steadily increase annual investment so it is £1.56 billion more in 2025-26 than in 2019-20, meaning more than £25 billion in infrastructure investment through the next Parliament.

“It is really important stakeholders and people across Scotland have their say about what is needed and how it might best be delivered. The open engagement the commission will undertake will ensure high quality advice and help us put in place the best infrastructure for Scotland’s needs.”

Background

The Infrastructure Commission will provide long-term strategic advice to the Scottish Government on national infrastructure priorities, based on evidence and learning from good practice, to align investment with long term inclusive economic growth and low carbon objectives.

This will support the Scottish Government’s delivery of the National Infrastructure Mission and the development of the next Infrastructure Investment Plan for the 5 years ahead, by providing advice on key strategic investments in Scotland to be made to boost economic growth and support public service.

Information about commission and the commissioners is available on its dedicated website and the commission can be contacted at enquiries@infrastructurecommission.scot.