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£33 billion investment in Scotland’s future

Published: 04 Feb 2021 14:32

Supporting 45,000 jobs.

Significant capital investment in healthcare, education, transport and the environment over the next five years has been set out.

The Infrastructure Investment Plan (IIP) and Capital Spending Review, both published today (Thursday), confirm a five year plan of investment that will support 45,000 jobs and build healthcare facilities, schools and local facilities across Scotland.

A further £2 billion has been added to the plan since the draft version was published in September and new funding announcements include £110 million for digital public services transformation, £50 million for Active Freeways and £60 million for climate adaptation of the trunk road network.

The plan also outlines investments including:

  • £2.3 billion for healthcare, including the £204 million additional funding for The Baird Family Hospital and ANCHOR centre in Aberdeen as well as the Grampian, Perth and Kirkcaldy elective facilities, and £67 million for the provision of a new health and social care community hub in Parkhead
  • £2 billion for education and learning facilities, including a new city centre primary school and a new Gaelic school in Glasgow, with up to £90 million towards the Dunfermline Learning Campus
  • significant investment to strengthen connectivity across Scotland with £600 million for the R100 programme
  • around £1.5 billion towards transport, including £550 million for rail decarbonisation, over £500 million for bus priority, over £550 million for active travel infrastructure projects and £287 million for the Future Transport Fund
  • measures to support climate adaptation include £150 million additional funding for flood risk management and £12 million for coastal change adaptation

Infrastructure Secretary Michael Matheson said:

“Since we published our draft IIP in September, we have received broad support for our world-leading approach and have increased the total spend by £2 billion to further boost our economic and green recovery from the pandemic.

“Our overall focus is on driving inclusive economic growth, the transition to net zero, and building resilient and sustainable places. This package of significant investment will support economic confidence in every corner of Scotland and send out a clear message that we will continue to do all we can to secure our recovery from coronavirus (COVID-19). In the process we will also be supporting over 45,000 jobs and building a strong future for Scotland."

Background: 

Read: A National Mission with Local Impact: Infrastructure Investment Plan for Scotland 2021‑22 to 2025‑26

The Plan accepts the Infrastructure Commission for Scotland’s recommendations on the strategic investment priorities required to achieve an inclusive, net zero emissions economy in Scotland.

Read: The Draft Infrastructure Investment Plan which was open for public consultation during Autumn 2020 and attracted 147 responses.

Read: Investing for Jobs: Capital Spending Review Framework 2021-22 to 2025-26

Also published today, the Capital Spending Review outlines full delivery of the National Infrastructure Mission (NIM), showing how it and the IIP are affordable, prudent and realistic.

It sets out the detailed capital budget allocations for each of the five financial years from 2021-22, permitting as much certainty as possible at this time to aid medium-term planning by public bodies and the market.

Investments/assets for each region are listed below.

Highlands & Islands: 

  • Inverness and Highland City Region Deal investment as well as Moray and Islands Growth Deal investments
  • £30 million in delivering the National Islands Plan
  • over £6 million to Highlands and Islands Enterprise to deliver the Green Jobs Fund
  • strengthened connectivity and a future-proofed superfast broadband network through the £600 million R100 programme
  • replacement health facilities on Barra (St Brendan’s) and new North of Scotland elective care centre in Inverness
  • learning estate projects such as the Castlebay Campus, the Tain 3-18 Campus, Findrassie and Broadford Primary Schools and Nairn Academy
  • support for the reinstatement of the Cairngorm Funicular with a further £10 million
  • improvements to piers and harbours and support ferry services to and from Scotland's islands. This includes the Skye Triangle and proposed projects at Lochboisdale, Armadale and Kennacraig, and an Oban Masterplan
  • funding for two new ferries designed to provide a year round service to the Isle of Arran and the Uig Triangle
  • conclude the HMP Highland facility

Mid Scotland & Fife: 

  • Edinburgh and South East Scotland, Stirling and Clackmannanshire and Tay Cities City Region Deals investments as well as Falkirk Growth Deal investment
  • Perth and Kirkcaldy elective care facilities
  • learning estate projects at Callander Primary School, Perth High School, North Perth Primary School and Inverkeithing High School
  • for Colleges, we invest up to £90 million in the Dunfermline Learning Campus
  • National Facility for Women Offenders

North East Scotland:

  • Aberdeen City Region Deal investment
  • over £200 million in the Baird Hospital and Anchor Centre  project in Aberdeen as well as Grampian elective care facilities
  • £20 million of Low Carbon Fund funding for Forestry and Land Scotland to re-develop its Nursery at Newton near Elgin, Moray
  • learning estate projects at Peterhead Community Campus, Monifieth High School and a new campus to replace Cragie and Braeview High Schools in Dundee
  • Dundee Community Custody Unit
  • we will continue to support businesses in the energy sectors as they grow and diversify through our £60 million Energy Transition Fund, focused on the North East, and helping the wider energy sector and supply chain
  • Aberdeen to Central Belt Rail improvements

Glasgow & West of Scotland:

  • Glasgow & Clyde Valley City Region Deal investment as well as Argyll and Bute and Ayrshire Growth Deal investments
  • £67 million for the provision of a new health and social care community hub in Parkhead that will replace 10 different buildings across Glasgow North east area and £10 million to complete the National Secure Adolescent Inpatient Service in Irvine
  • conclude our £75 million investment in the National Manufacturing Institute Scotland
  • learning estate projects in Ardrossan Community Learning and Innovation Hub and Montgomerie Park Primary School in North Ayrshire, Doon Valley Community Campus and St Sophia’s Primary School in East Ayrshire, Neilston Primary School and St Thomas’ Primary School in East Renfrewshire and Faifley Campus in West Dunbartonshire, Newton Farm Primary School in South Lanarkshire; as well as a new city centre primary school and a new Gaelic school in Glasgow
  • £100 million to support the modernisation of the Glasgow Subway
  • rail service improvements between East Kilbride and Glasgow
  • £25 million investment in zero carbon energy infrastructure for residential and commercial premises along the river Clyde
  • £25 million to support the Clyde Gateway’s 20 year programme of regeneration
  • replacement HMP Glasgow facility to provide a fit-for-purpose community facing prison as well as the Glasgow Community Custody Unit

Lothians:

  • Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal investment
  • Edinburgh Cancer Centre and the Short Stay Elective Centre in St John’s Hospital in Livingston
  • learning estate projects in Liberton High School, Wester Hailes Education Centre and a new community high school in Edinburgh; Wallyford High School and Whitecraig Primary School in East Lothian; Mayfield Primary School, Beeslack Community High School and Penicuik High School in Midlothian; and Beatlie Additional Support Needs Campus and East Calder Primary School in West Lothian
  • we will invest up to £58 million in the Biomes project at the Royal Botanic Garden Edinburgh to transform the garden’s estate

South of Scotland:

  • Borderlands and Ayrshire Growth Deal investments as well as Edinburgh and South East Scotland City Region Deal investment
  • learning estate investments at Dumfries High School, Galashiels Academy & Peebles High School, and Maybole Community Campus in South Ayrshire
  • £3.6 million to South of Scotland Enterprise to deliver the Green Jobs Fund