Conflicting reports

SNP and Labour clash over progress on infrastructure

Michael Matheson

Michael Matheson: ‘making a real difference’

Labour and the SNP have clashed over updates on the progress of key infrastructure projects in Scotland.

The SNP claims “significant progress” has been made on major schemes in the past six months, including the £160 million electrification of the railway line from Glasgow to Edinburgh via Shotts, completion of the £57.9m Dalry Bypass, and the opening of a £77.4m hospital in Orkney.

It adds that more than £90m of school projects were completed and opened to pupils within the current £1.8 billion Schools for the Future Programme.

Infrastructure Secretary Michael Matheson said: “In spite of increasingly challenging economic conditions, the Scottish Government is forging on with delivering infrastructure projects that are making a real difference to people’s lives – by improving on Scotland’s housing, education, transport and education infrastructure.

However, Labour says more than a quarter of the SNP’s flagship infrastructure projects have suffered further delays. It says 12 of the 45 (27%) projects have been delayed since the last update in March. At that time the report showed almost half the projects had already faced delays.

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