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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-04803: John Lamont (Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 17 November 2016

To ask the Scottish Government how much it has spent on trunk road improvements in the Scottish Borders since 2007, broken down by (a) year and (b) road.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 30 November 2016

The Scottish Government has invested over £10 million on trunk road improvement activities in the Scottish Borders since 2007. The figures provided are for the whole length of the route mentioned because it is not possible to separate the expenditure for the discrete parts of the route(s) falling within Scottish Borders local authority boundary.

Spend per Financial Year on Trunk Road Improvements

Route

A1

A6091

A68

A702

A7

Total

2007-08

£374,906

£3,946

£131,160

£461,381

£58,175

£1,029,569

2008-09

£152,882

£12,041

£375,100

£825,608

£161,805

£1,527,435

2009-10

£256,588

£45,421

£614,217

£432,248

£1,271,991

£2,620,465

2010-11

£540,062

£164,849

£248,510

£403,838

£0

£1,357,259

2011-12

£272,649

£20,256

£273,294

£208,639

£240,887

£1,015,725

2012-13

£134,263

£0

£221,161

£98,908

£134,938

£589,270

2013-14

£67,429

£0

£293,273

£54,103

£146,436

£561,241

2014-15

£64,900

£0

£86,354

£71,044

£199,752

£422,050

2015-16

£505,807

£8,463

£159,738

£313,865

£214,167

£1,202,040

Total

£2,369,487

£254,976

£2,402,806

£2,869,633

£2,428,151

£10,325,053

In addition, the Scottish Government has spent a further £85 million in the maintenance and operation of these routes over the same nine year period. Furthermore the Scottish Government has invested £48 million on the Dalkeith bypass improvement scheme for the A68 route between Edinburgh and the Scottish Borders. Although this scheme lies within the Midlothian local authority area, it generates significant benefits for the Scottish Borders area.