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Sturgeon pledges a further £50 million to boost Tay region

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Cross Tay Link Road: More government funding for key crossing


An extra £50 million will be invested in the Tay region by the Scottish Government to support transport infrastructure, housing and investment in manufacturing.

The investment, which is additional to the Government’s £150m support for the Tay Cities Region Deal, will see £40m will be invested in the Cross Tay Link Road linking the A9 with the A93 and A94 north of Scone.

It aims to reduce congestion in Perth and open up sites for housing and economic development.The remaining £10m will fund an “industrial investment programme” supporting manufacturing businesses across Dundee, Perth, Angus and the north of Fife.

The UK government has previously rejected calls to fully match the Scottish Government’s spending in the region.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said: “I am confident the Scottish Government’s overall investment of £200 million in the Tay Cities region will improve people’s quality of life and encourage sustainable economic growth in the Tay area and Scotland as a whole.”

Perth MP Pete Wishart said: “This is a hugely ambitious announcement that will support jobs and growth across Tayside.

“The Scottish Government is putting its money where its mouth is with a package of support for high-skilled jobs, new homes and better transport infrastructure – over and above the agreed Tay Cities Deal spending.

“If the UK government was serious about supporting jobs in Scotland, they’d be matching the Scottish Government’s investment in the Tay Cities.”

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