Half of flagship Scottish infrastructure projects delayed

Almost half of the Scottish Government's flagship building projects have been hit with extended delays.

New figures have shown 25 out of 55 building projects have been delayed or delivered behind schedule.

Key building projects such as schools, colleges, prisons and health centres have fallen years behind schedule.

The development at HMP Glasgow has been delayed by one year, whilst work at HMP Greenock has been delayed by two years to 2024.

In Edinburgh, redevelopment of the Royal Edinburgh hospital campus has been delayed by over a year to 2022.

Scottish Labour MSP Colin Smyth said: “It’s not just the trains the SNP can’t run on the time - major infrastructure projects have been pushed back under this Government.

“Infrastructure investment should be what is powering our economy from the ground up, creating good quality direct jobs, further work in the supply chain and ultimately better public services.

“But under the SNP, projects are too often behind schedule and handed to companies who aren’t delivering good-quality work.

“Labour would ensure public contracts and major projects deliver best value for the taxpayer and a better deal for working people.”

However, infrastructure secretary Michael Matheson highlighted projects the government had managed to deliver.

He said: “Looking ahead, the Scottish Government’s £5 billion commitment to infrastructure investment in 2019-20 will support 50,000 affordable new homes, delivery of the extension of early learning and childcare, new roads and railways, electric vehicles and delivery of superfast broadband across Scotland.

“As part of this, our pipeline report shows Scottish Government-procured projects with a value of almost £3.1bn are estimated to be in construction across Scotland during 2019-20.”

 

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