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A dozen schemes held up

Delays to key projects ‘have become the norm’ says Fraser

Murdo Fraser

Murdo Fraser: ‘Warm words not backed up action’ (pic: Terry Murden)


A number of the Scottish Government’s flagship building projects have been hit by months of delays, according to new figures revealed in parliament.

In a progress update on major capital projects issued today, it was revealed that a dozen projects have been hit with further setbacks.

These include a delay of at least 17 months for the new Sick Kids Hospital in Edinburgh; a year for the Haudagain roundabout in Aberdeen and at least six months for a new prison in the  Highlands.

Today’s document also reported delays of two years for the Edinburgh-Glasgow Improvement Programme and two years for electrification of the Stirling, Dunblane and Alloa rail project.  

Scottish Conservative shadow finance secretary Murdo Fraser said: “It’s understandable that there will always be the odd delay to major projects, which can occur for a range of issues. 

“But under the SNP this appears to have become the norm.

And even when projects are finished on time, like the Queensferry Crossing, it seems beset by problems afterwards due to a rushed approach to get over the line.

Within these new delays there are some serious projects which make a material difference to people’s lives, not least the new Sick Kids hospital in Edinburgh.

As ever with the SNP, warm words are not backed up by action.”

Below is a breakdown of delays which have emerged since the last update six months ago:



Length of delay

HMP Highland

At least six months

National Facility for Women Offenders

Two months

A90/A96 Haudagain Junction Improvement

At least a year

A90 Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route / BalmedieTipperty

At least six months

A9 Luncarty to Pass of Birnam

At least a year

Shotts Electrification

Two months

CMAL – Two new 100 metre ferries

Six months

Royal Hospital for Sick Children / Department of Clinical Neurosciences

At least 17 months

Woodside Health and Care Centre

At least seven months

Inverurie Health Care Hub & Foresterhill Health Centre

Two months

North West Campus

At least two months

Forth Valley College (Falkirk Campus)

One month

Edinburgh Glasgow Improvement Programme

Two years

Stirling Dunblane Alloa Rail Electrification

Two years


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