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Scottish government seeks backing for 300 shovel-ready projects

The Scottish government has appealed to the UK government to allow it to bring forward capital funding and unlock 300 ‘shovel-ready’ infrastructure projects.

A total of 36 projects have been submitted by the Scottish government as proof that it can get major schemes underway.

The Scottish government proposed the list of projects that are ‘close to or already have completed the planning and procurement process’ and are ready for construction to get underway.

However, it said that cuts of 32 per cent in Scotland’s capital budget were having a ‘severe effect’ to the extent that funding for them is not yet available.

The projects include the A876 Kincardine Bridge refurbishment worth £14m, accelerating its Schools for the Future programme and work on Inverness Campus, worth £6m.

Cabinet secretary for infrastructure and capital investment Alex Neil said: “At a recent meeting the Prime Minister suggested to the First Minister that he accepted the principle of bringing forward capital investment but explained there are not suitable “shovel ready” projects in England which could receive funding to begin in 2012 or 2013.

“That is not the case in Scotland, and the First Minister made that clear, and suggested supplying a list highlighting where opportunities exist.We have done that, showing there are valuable projects, that will boost the economy and provide work, right across Scotland, that are ripe for investment now.

“If these projects got underway this year, rather than being delayed, they would generate significant employment impacts that would be vital as we continue to do all we can to tackle unemployment. For example, it is estimated that each additional £100 million of capital spending supports 1,400 in the Scottish economy.”

The full list of projects, which was submitted to the UK government

  • Ullapool Pier - Passenger access system, traffic management, new berthing dolphin and replacement linkspan, £4m
  • Gourock-Dunoon Pontoons £2m
  • Kennacraig Phase 2, £4m
  • A96 Threapland, £6m
  • A68 Pathhead to Tynehead Junction, £6m
  • A95 Lackgie, £4m
  • A702 Candymill Bend and Edmonstone Brae, £4m
  • A737 Head Street Roundabout, £1.5m
  • A876 Kincardine Bridge Refurbishment, £14m
  • A75 Hardgrove to Kinmount, £10m
  • M8 M73 M74 Motorway Improvements: Advance Public Utilities, £37.8m
  • Health Maintenance to ensure assets are safe, effective and person centred, £50m
  • Accelerating Schools for the Future – worth £30.8m

University projects worth £35m including:

University of Glasgow - Centre for Virology Research

University of Dundee - Phases 2 and 3 - refurbishment of Duncan of Jordanstone

University of Abertay / Dundee College - Dundee Academy of Sport

University of Edinburgh - Centre for Humanities and Social Sciences

  • Dundee Central Waterfront, £4.5m
  • Fife Energy Park - Site Development, £3.5m
  • ITREZ Technology Innovation Centre, £4m
  • ATOS Building - Forress Enterprise Park, £3m
  • Inverness Campus, £6m
  • Forres Enterprise Park - Extension of Roads, £2m
  • Forres Enterprise Park - Provide 2 Units, £3m
  • European Marine Science Park - Ground works, £3.5m
  • Creative Clyde, £1.7m
  • National Renewable Infrastructure Plan - Hunterston Quay Upgrade, £2m
  • Priority investments within Local Authority Strategic Housing Investment Plans £15m
  • Clyde Gateway developments at Bridgeton Cross, Dalmarnock Cross, Rutherglen and Shawfield, £37m
  • Ayr Gaiety Theatre regeneration, £1m
  • National Records of Scotland - Thomas Thomson House - urgent roof repairs, £1.5m
  • Historic Scotland - Abbotsford House - restoration to bring into public use ,£0.7m
  • Historic Scotland - Lews Castle development, £1m
  • Forestry Commission Scotland - upgrade of visitor facilities at David Marshall Lodge,
  • Aberfoyle and Queen’s View, Perthshire, £1m
  • National Parks - visitor facility improvements within the National Parks, £1m
  • Royal Botanic Garden, Edinburgh - commence replacement of the Garden’s ageing glasshouses, £1.5m

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