Scots boost road funding

Scotland's road network received a funding boost last week in the Scottish Government's spending review.

Road network spending will rise to £1.2 billion by the end of 2011, an increase of 34 per cent over three years. Rail services will get £700 million a year via Network Rail and the franchises, including investment in expansion and improvements.

The government is committed to reducing carbon emissions by 80 per cent from 1990 levels by 2050. It pledged an annual £57.2 million for bus services, £11 million for sustainable and active travel and funding increases for ferry services.

Transform Scotland welcomed the investment but questioned whether climate targets could be met while road spending is increased. Campaign group chairman Paul Tetlaw said: "It is difficult to believe that there will be reductions in transport emissions if spending on roads goes up by a third."

Budget and spending review documents are available from PlanningResource.co.uk/doc.


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