Transport

Building a fast, reliable and affordable transport infrastructure is essential for growing the Scottish economy.

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Through their 14 years in government, the SNP have failed to deliver key transport infrastructure projects on time and on budget. Western Peripheral Route opened almost a year late. The Edinburgh Glasgow Rail Improvement Programme was delayed by two years. Two CalMac ferries are due to be delivered five years late and over £100 million over budget.

We would invest in Scotland’s road network. The Scottish Conservatives would upgrade major roads like the A1, A9, A75, A77, A82, A90 and A96 and begin the work on extending the M8 to six lanes. We would also work on a new road to bypass the A83 Rest and Be Thankful and invest £200 million to repair potholes.

The 1960s Beeching cuts saw many communities across Scotland lose their local station and connection to the rail network. The Scottish Conservatives would reverse those decisions and reopen rail lines and stations that support local growth. We would step up work to electrify Scotland’s railways and work with the UK Government to extend the Borders Railway to Carlisle.

Unlike the SNP, we welcome the UK Government’s plans to set up Scottish freeports. We believe that this could have a transformative effect in revitalising some of Scotland’s poorest coastal communities.

On cycling and walking, we would increase the active travel budget to 10% of all transport spending. We would also allow councils to set up new local bus services.

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