Scotland's £33bn infrastructure investment plan

Baird Family Hospital and ANCHOR Centre in Aberdeen.

The Scottish government has set out its £33bn plans for significant capital investment in healthcare, education, transport and the environment over the next five years.

The Infrastructure Investment Plan (IIP) and Capital Spending Review confirm a five year plan of investment that ministers say will support 45,000 jobs and build healthcare facilities, schools and local facilities across Scotland.

A further £2bn has been added to the plan since the draft version was published in September and new funding announcements include £110m for digital public services transformation, £50m for Active Freeways and £60m for climate adaptation of the trunk road network.

The plan also outlines investments including:

  • £2.3bn for healthcare, including the £204m additional funding for The Baird Family Hospital and ANCHOR centre in Aberdeen as well as the Grampian, Perth and Kirkcaldy elective facilities, and £67m for the provision of a new health and social care community hub in Parkhead;
  • £2bn for education and learning facilities, including a new city centre primary school and a new Gaelic school in Glasgow, with up to £90m towards the Dunfermline Learning Campus;
  • Significant investment to strengthen connectivity across Scotland with £600m for the R100 programme;
  • Around £1.5bn towards transport, including £550m for rail decarbonisation, over £500m for bus priority, over £550m for active travel infrastructure projects and £287m for the Future Transport Fund;
  • Measures to support climate adaptation include £150m additional funding for flood risk management and £12m for coastal change adaptation.

Scottish infrastructure secretary Michael Matheson said: “Our overall focus is on driving inclusive economic growth, the transition to net zero, and building resilient and sustainable places. This package of significant investment will support economic confidence in every corner of Scotland and send out a clear message that we will continue to do all we can to secure our recovery from coronavirus. In the process we will also be supporting over 45,000 jobs and building a strong future for Scotland."

Click here to download A National Mission with Local Impact: Infrastructure Investment Plan for Scotland 2021‑22 to 2025‑26The Plan accepts the Infrastructure Commission for Scotland’s recommendations on the strategic investment priorities required to achieve an inclusive, net zero emissions economy in Scotland.

Click here to download Scotland’s Capital Spending Review, which outlines full delivery of the National Infrastructure Mission (NIM). It sets out the detailed capital budget allocations for each of the five financial years from 2021-22, which ministers say permits as much certainty as possible at this time to aid medium-term planning by public bodies and the market.

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