You will often hear accusations that the Scottish Government should be using the powers it has to make Scotland a better country. Here is a brief summary of what they have achieved in Transport across Scotland.
- Road Equivalent Tariff has been rolled out to all ferry routes in the Clyde and Hebrides, cutting fares by around 40 per cent.
- £1 billion invested annually in public and sustainable transport to encourage people out of cars, with spending on safe and convenient opportunities for walking and cycling at a record high.
- The £1.4 billion Queensferry Crossing opened on schedule and under budget, with 70mph motorway, fewer wind closures, maintenance without closure.
- With tolls on the Forth and Tay bridges abolished, commuters continue to save £184 a year on crossing the Tay and £207 a year on crossing the Forth.
- The Borders Railway reopened in the summer of 2015 – the longest new domestic railway to be built in Britain in over 100 years.
- £742 million Edinburgh Glasgow rail improvements, including widespread electrification of the network between the 2 cities and to Stirling and Dunblane.
- £170 million Aberdeen Inverness rail upgrade, including new stations at Dalcross and Kintore.
- £480m is being invested in new electric trains for Scotrail
- £3 billion to dual 80 miles of carriageway on the A9 Perth-Inverness, plus average speed cameras have halved the number of serious accidents
- £500 million project connecting M8, M73 and M74 Motorway journeys cut by 20 minutes, contributing more than £1 billion to Scotland’s economy
- £320 million M80
- £745 million Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route is due to complete in 2018.
- Prestwick Airport saved from closure, safeguarding 1,350 jobs.
In an independent Scotland, it will be the people of Scotland, and their Scottish Government, who will decide our future Transport policy – including its funding.