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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-12950: Gordon Lindhurst (Lothian)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 23 November 2017

To ask the Scottish Government whether it plans additional investment for transport links between cities and suburbs and, if so, how much.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 5 December 2017

The Scottish Government has invested almost £20 billion in transport infrastructure and services across Scotland since 2007. Our investment in public transport extends to £2.8 billion support for bus and £7.6 billion for rail infrastructure and services. The Programme for Government sets out our commitment to double investment in Active Travel from £40 million to £80 million from 2018/19. Most of these investments either directly or indirectly support connections between or around our major towns and cities and their suburbs.

The Scottish Government is also the biggest funder of City and Region Deals in Scotland with commitments of over £1 billion to date and these include measures to improve transport links between our cities and suburbs.

Looking to the future, the alignment of the ongoing reviews of the National Transport Strategy, Strategic Transport Project Review and the National Planning Framework will consider the interaction of land use and transport and future decisions on transport investment priorities will be informed through the context set by these emerging policies.