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Scottish Govt awards £6.5bn to transport works

The Scottish Government has allocated £6.5 billion to spend on transport infrastructure between now and 2011.

This includes funds for the £185 million Airdrie Bathgate rail project, a new rail/tram interchange to connect passengers to Edinburgh Airport and major road improvements including the new Upper Forth Crossing and Kincardine and a Dalkeith Bypass.

Funding for major public transport projects is split up as follows:

2008/09 - £157.7 million

2009/10 - £262.9 million

2010/11 - £230.7 million

Transport Scotland has said by the end of the control period it wants a design, development and procurement strategy in place for the Forth Replacement Crossing, and that construction for a new railway to the Borders should be underway.