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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-12185: Mike Rumbles (North East Scotland)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 24 October 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what work it has commissioned or analysed on the feasibility and costs of constructing road tunnels between islands.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 7 November 2017

The Scottish Government has not commissioned any studies related to determining the feasibility and costs of constructing road tunnels between islands. However, it has jointly funded studies by Shetland and Orkney Islands Councils and by Highlands and Islands Enterprise into inter-island transport which have considered the case for fixed links alongside ferry and air services, as part of a wider appraisal of inter-island transport and connectivity.

Work is now underway to review the National Transport Strategy (NTS) to establish the strategic direction for transport in Scotland over the next 20 years. Part of that work will consider the important issue of connectivity to the country’s islands. The NTS review will inform the work to review the Strategic Transport Projects Review which will identify the transport interventions required to provide Scotland with a transport network fit for the 21st Century.