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Transport investment key to economic recovery - Alexander

October 20, 2011 11:45 AM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Inverness, Nairn, Badenoch & Strathspey MP Danny Alexander has urged the SNP to end half a decade of dodge and delay over vital Highland transport investments, as its conference gets underway in the Highland Capital.

Danny Alexander MPDanny Alexander MPLast month, Mr Alexander challenged the SNP to prioritise capital spending on transport which will do most to boost economic growth in all parts of the country. He highlighted their decision to remove £250m from the transport budget for other priorities and urged Ministers to think again - as well as to use the borrowing powers in the Scotland Bill to free up further funding from the second Forth road crossing to invest outside the Central Belt.

Commenting, Mr Alexander said:

"Half a decade ago, the SNP were telling the people of Inverness that they would build a city bypass 'much sooner' than 2012 - and pay for it in full. They said they would dual the A9 and the A96 too.

"Five years later, we don't even have plans in place to begin those projects, still less any action. The sad reality is that Asda is currently doing more to improve transport in the Highland Capital than the Scottish Government.

"SNP Ministers have posed for photos next to projects which they inherited from their predecessors, but they haven't planned or funded anything further. Fake outrage can't mask their dismal lack of progress any longer: it's time they got on with the job.

"Inverness is now the home of Scotland's newest university. Scottish Ministers should start by committing to a timetable for the new A9 to A96 link road which should serve the planned university and college campus."