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Think tank calls for £25bn Scotland transport hub

Around £25 billion should be spent on building a new integrated road, rail and air hub, a think tank has urged today.

The independent body Reform Scotlandcalled on the government to develop a hub – to be called Grand Central – around Edinburgh Airport.

It recommends high speed rail lines be constructed to link Scotland`s main cities – Glasgow, Edinburgh, Stirling, Perth, Dundee, Aberdeen and Inverness – to each other as well as to England.

It is estimated the cost of the work at £25 billion.

Reform Scotland acknowledged its proposals would have “major cost implications at a time when our economy is in recession and budgets are coming under increasing strain”.

But it said: “We need to do this if we are not to be left behind in economic terms by other countries.”

The body has also called for improvements to be made to the trunk road network, recommending both the A9 and the A96 be upgraded to become dual carriageways.