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Scotland to publish infrastructure pipeline

The Scottish government will tomorrow publish details of the infrastructure projects it will undertake over the next 15 years.

Holyrood will set out a pipeline of more than 50 individual projects and 30 broader programmes north of the border.

It is expected to include the Forth Road Bridge, the £3bn widening of the A96 and work on the A9 from Perth to Inverness.

Cabinet secretary for infrastructure and capital investment Alex Neil said the Infrastructure Investment Plan would demonstrate Scottish government action in the face of Westminster cuts.

“This week I will publish a plan to invest billions in more than 80 major capital projects and programmes that will keep Scotland’s economy moving,” he said.

“All these projects will signal a clear intent and provide the kind of solid foundations and certainty our construction industry demands.

“With the Westminster cuts in our capital budget, and the Autumn Statement providing far too little, far too late, our plan will have maximum value for taxpayers’ money at its heart.”

Mr Neil also called for new borrowing powers.

“The investment plan is ambitious, and rightly so. It could go even further if the UK government would go beyond the current insufficient Scotland Bill proposals on borrowing.”

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