Scots government unveils £24bn draft infrastructure plan to 2026

The Scottish Government has published its draft Infrastructure Investment Plan for 2021/22 - 2025/26 for consultation.

The plan sets out a long term vision for Scottish infrastructure, which is supported by three core themes: enabling the transition to net zero and environmental sustainability; boosting inclusive economic growth; and building resilient and sustainable places.It details £24bn of major projects and national programmes that the government can confirm now, with more to be added in future years. It is expected to support 45,000 jobs and Scotland’s green recovery from Covid 19.

The plan includes:

• more than £8bn for environmental sustainability and the transition to net zero emissions, including £250m to support 18,000 hectares of forestry and restoring peatland;.

• almost £5bn boost to inclusive economic growth, including £500m to extend full fibre broadband to businesses and households in rural areas and £30m for the National Islands Plan; and

• more than £11bn for cities, towns, villages and rural areas, including £275m to revitalise town centres and nearly £2bn on health infrastructure and equipment.

Launching the plan, cabinet secretary for transport, infrastructure and connectivity, Michael Matheson, said: “The package of investments will give Scotland strong foundations for a wellbeing economy, ensuring that society thrives economically, socially and environmentally and that we deliver sustainable and inclusive growth for all.”