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26 Nov 12 The devolved Scottish government has detailed £800m of construction work that it wants to get started on if UK chancellor George Osborne can release the cash.

John Swinney MSP
John Swinney MSP

Scottish finance secretary John Swinney has published a new list of shovel-ready projects (below) that could be delivered by the end of March 2014, to create jobs and promote growth.

Writing to the chancellor ahead of the autumn statement, Mr Swinney has called on the UK government to provide an immediate targeted boost to capital investment.

Mr Swinney said: "Scotland’s budget for construction and maintenance projects is being cut by 33% by the UK coalition government in a failed attempt to reduce public sector borrowing and while we are investing what we can in economic recovery in Scotland there is much more to do.

"If these projects could get under way now, rather than being delayed, they would play a major part in helping to tackle unemployment. Capital investment is central to the Scottish Government’s economic strategy, with every additional £100 million of capital spending estimated to support around 1,400 jobs in the Scottish economy.

Scotland's shovel-ready schemes

Transport: £74.9m

  • A96 Threapland £6.0m
  • A68 Pathhead to Tynehead Junction £11.0m
  • A95 Lackgie £4.0m
  • A702 Candymill Bend and Edmonstone Brae £4.0m
  • Trunk Road maintenance £34.0m
  • Cycling infrastructure projects £3.9m
  • Ferry port infrastructure £5.7m
  • Canal infrastructure projects: egeneration and Tturism £6.3m

Enterprise: £180.5m

  • Highlands and Islands Enterprise: economic development projects £9.8m
  • Scottish Enterprise: economic development projects £40.4m
  • Port of Leith masterplanning £119.0m
  • VisitScotland: investment in Visitor Centre infrastructure, including Glasgow Visitor Information Centre £1.3m
  • Roslin International Centre for Livestock Improvement £10.0m

Rural & environment: £18.8m

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  • Forestry projects: access, road infrastructure and buildings refurbishment £6.2m
  • National Parks: developing the rural economy £12.4m
  • Scottish Natural Heritage: co-location Fort William £0.2m

Jjustice: £10.8m 

  • Scottish Court Service: estate improvement, essential maintenance and statutory compliance £8.4m
  • Upgrading the Safety Camera Network £2.4m

Regeneration: £74.0m

  • Affordable Housing Supply Programme: additional grant funding £40.0m HOUSING TOTAL (1) £40.0m
  • Clyde Gateway: Office and Industrial Developments for Economic Growth £63.4m Irvine Enterprise Area: Infrastructure and Innovation Campus, and Irvine Ailsa Road Industrial Units £5.9m
  • Ardrossan Quayside and Medical Centre £4.7m

Culture & heritage: £8.5m

  • National Theatre of Scotland: Glasgow regeneration project £2.0m
  • Works to Historic Scotland’s estate £1.4m National Museums of Scotland: maintenance £3.6m
  • Creative Scotland: grants programme £1.5m 


  • Targeted investment in priority estates £65.0m

Health: £308.9m

  • Health: backlog maintenance/equipment replacement £75.0m
  • Health: bring forward projects through capital funding projects currently earmarked for revenue funding £188.9m
  • NHS Highland Renal and Endoscopy £2.0m
  • NHS Highland Day Services £15.0m
  • NHS Grampian Inverurie Health Centre and Community Maternity Unit £7.0m
  • NHS Grampian: Aboyne Health Centre £2.0m
  • NHS Grampian: Stonehaven Health Centre £2.0m
  • NHS Grampian: additional theatre capacity £3.0m
  • NHS Lanarkshire: Monklands – additional backlog investment £10.0m
  • NHS Tayside: additional theatre capacity – Ninewells £3.0m
  • NHS Tayside: intensive care unit upgrade £1.0m

Sport: £39.6m

  • 20 x 3G Pitches £6.0m
  • National Sporting Facilities £2.0m
  • School Investment £5.0m
  • Community Hub investment £3.0m
  • Sports legacy projects £23.6m

 TOTAL: £820.8m

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