In government, the SNP has prioritised investment in infrastructure to improve public services, enhance connectivity, create jobs and grow our economy.
In 2017-18 alone almost £6.4 billion of infrastructure projects will be under construction in Scotland.
From new hospitals, schools, affordable homes to the longest new domestic railway line the UK has seen for 100 years, we’re building a better Scotland. Here’s just ten ways we’ve been doing just that.
1. We are delivering the £1.4 billion Queensferry Crossing, which will open on 30 August 2017. The new crossing is the longest three-tower, cable-stayed bridge in the world.
2. Over £5 billion has been invested in Scotland’s health infrastructure since 2007, including the South Glasgow Hospitals and Emergency Care Centre in Aberdeen. And nearly £500 million of new hospitals and healthcare facilities are expected to open in Scotland in 2017-18.
3. 651 schools have been rebuilt or refurbished between 2007 and 2016 – twice as many as the previous Labour-LibDem administration.
4. We exceeded our target to build 30,000 affordable homes in the last Parliament. Over this parliament, we’ll deliver at least 50,000 – 35,000 of which will be for social rent.
5. We’re investing in our railways. The Borders Railway was completed on time and on budget – the longest new domestic railway built in Britain for a century. And, £742 million is being invested in improvements to the Edinburgh to Glasgow railway line, including widespread electrification of the network between the two cities and to Stirling and Dunblane.
6. We’re transforming Scotland’s road network. We’re upgrading Scotland’s motorways, with improvements to the M8, M73 and M74 network. Work to dual the A9 between Perth and Inverness is well underway, and dualling of the A96 between Inverness and Aberdeen is in preparation too. And the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route is under construction too.
We’re also taking forward the Maybole bypass on the A77 and improving other sections south of Girvan, further improvements to the A75, and exploring how to better connect Dumfries and the M74.
7. We are investing £400 million to deliver broadband to 95 per cent of properties in Scotland by the end of 2017. And, we’ll reach 100 per cent by 2021.
8. We have brought forward £100 million of capital spending this year to help protect Scotland from the impact of Brexit. A full breakdown of the spending can be found in the Programme for Government here.
9. Our £420 million ten year flood protection plan will benefit 10,000 families, with grant funding going to local authorities to fund 40 new flood protection projects.
10. £530 million has been invested in college estates and state of the art buildings in Glasgow, Kilmarnock and Inverness – plus £140 million more for Fife and Forth Valley colleges.
And our biggest infrastructure investment of the next five years will be in doubling provision of early years education and childcare.