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24/02/15 13:00

Public infrastructure projects to hit £1.5 billion

Thousands of jobs supported across Scotland.

Schools, colleges, hospitals, transport and other public infrastructure projects worth around £1.5 billion are set to be completed this year.

Thousands of full-time Scottish jobs were supported thanks to the Scottish Government investment, announced today by Infrastructure Secretary Keith Brown.

Speaking during a visit to Calton Road affordable housing development ahead of a debate in Parliament on Building Scotland’s Infrastructure for the Future, the Cabinet Secretary also called on the UK Government to invest further in Scottish infrastructure in order to boost the economy.

Mr Brown said:

“Up and down Scotland, people can already see the tangible results of this billion and a half pound investment – indeed, even now there are construction sites all over the country providing enormous benefits to industry already.

“During 2015 alone, we expect infrastructure projects like the new South Glasgow hospitals, the Borders Railway and Inverness College to be completed and ready for use – and already they are helping to secure economic recovery and strengthen public services.

“The education, health and transport projects being supported will be of great benefit in their own right but they are also critical to boosting our economy with the public sector spending supporting thousands of full time Scottish jobs.

“The Scottish Government places a high priority on the role of infrastructure investment in supporting our economy and our public services and I am inspired by the outlook for the year ahead.

“The steps we are taking demonstrate not just what is being achieved now, but also what more could be done if the UK Government were willing to change its course on public spending in order to provide further support for infrastructure, skills and education to boost the economy.

“This Government is determined to invest in Scotland’s infrastructure both to stimulate growth and to lay the foundations for long term success. That is good news for our economy and good news for the people of Scotland.”

Notes to editors

Background

New South Glasgow Hospitals - The new campus is one of the largest hospital complexes in Europe and has maternity, paediatric and adult hospitals all integrated onto a single site and will offer a gold standard in acute hospital provision. Delivery was achieved ahead of schedule and within budget and the overall migration and commissioning process is expected to be complete by June.

Borders Railway - The longest domestic railway to be built in the UK in more than 100 years is on budget and remains on-track to reach completion over the summer and to open for passengers in September.

Inverness College - The new state of the art facility will provide an exciting range of further and higher education courses alongside post-graduate opportunities and in work training for over 8,500 students. Construction is progressing on time and on budget and college is expected to be operational from the end of August.

Full list of 2015 infrastructure projects below:

Projects

NHS Greater Glasgow and Clyde - New South Glasgow Hospitals

NHS Lanarkshire - Primary Care Health Centres

NHS Tayside - Reprovision of Adolescent Mental Health Inpatient Service

Borders Railway

A82 Pulpit Rock Improvement

A96 Inveramsay Bridge Improvement

Brimmond Primary School, Aberdeen City

Ellon Academy, Aberdeenshire

Alford Academy, Aberdeenshire

Lairdsland Primary School, East Dunbartonshire

Garrowhill Primary School, Glasgow City

Inverness College

Inverness Campus