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BUDGET 2011 Regional Breakdown: Scotland

Money for East Coast Main Line rolling stock was one of the few highlights for Scotland in today’s budget, which has little direct impact on the country’s construction industry.

Chancellor George Osborne committed government spending to the Intercity Express Programme - the £4.5 billion Intercity Express Programme will see the building of a combination of around 100 electric trains and bi-mode intercity trains, which will run to East Coast Main Line stations.

Provision has also been made available to enable the Scottish Government to introduce a similar policy to the Enterprise Zones introduced in England, which will benefit from, among other things, reduced business rates and eased planning restrictions.

Osborne also confirmed the creation of the High Value Manufacturing Technology and Innovation Centre, a network of existing high performance centres, including in Scotland the Advanced Forming Research Centre in the University of Strathclyde.

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