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Scottish Budget: Welcome for local rail ‘Pipeline Fund’

Published 31 January 2018 by Transform Scotland

Responding to today’s Scottish Budget debate in the Scottish Parliament, Transform Scotland’s rail spokesperson Paul Tetlaw has welcomed the proposal from finance secretary Derek Mackay MSP for a £2m “pipeline fund for local rail projects”. [1] Paul Tetlaw commented:

“We welcome the creation of a Pipeline Fund to assist with the development of projects for the expansion of the rail network in Scotland. The finance secretary is to be congratulated on bringing forward this new funding mechanism, as are the Scottish Greens who presented this proposal to Derek Mackay.

Tetlaw contined:

“In the early days of devolution, Scotland gained a proud record for bringing forward and delivering schemes for re-opened railway lines and stations. Given that it is now ten years since any new rail scheme has been approved there is a real danger that Scotland’s proud record is slipping into history.

“In marked contrast we have seen billions of pounds promised for new road schemes with announcements being made by Ministers in the apparent absence of proper process or business case appraisals. So while we welcome this new Fund we also very much hope that this now leads to level playing field in the development of road and rail enhancement schemes in the future.”

[1] See letter from Derek Mackay MSP to Patrick Harvie MSP: https://greens.scot/files/lettertopatrickharviefromfinancesec