HC Deb 24 April 1991 vol 189 c460W
Sir Hector Monro

To ask the Secretary of State for Scotland if he will make a statement about progress on trunk road schemes during 1990–91 and those proposed to start in 1991–92.

Mr. Lang

Details of major scheme starts in 1990–91 and expected scheme starts in 1991–92 are as follows:

Schemes with an estimated cost of over £1 million started since 1 April 1990
A74 Upgrading Millbank—Nether Abington
A74 Upgrading Elvanfoot—Paddy's Rickle Bridge
A74 Upgrading Kirkpatrick Fleming—Gretna
M74 Maryville—West of Fullarton Road (Advance works)
A96 Nairn Railway Bridge Replacement
A75 Carrutherstown—Hetland
A77 Bennane Hill
A1 Tower—Dunglass

These schemes have a total value of £122 million.

Schemes with an estimated cost of over £1 million expected to start by 31 March 1992
A74 Upgrading Nether Abington—Elvanfoot
M74 Maryville—West of Fullarton Road
M8 St. James Interchange
A96 Bucksburn Diversion
A9 Greenloaning—Blackford
A929 Tarbrax—Forfar
A94 Brechin Bypass (Dualling)

These schemes have a total value in excess of £130 million. I have made a further £4 million available in 1991–92 over the public expenditure provision I announced in November to accommodate the substantial programme.

In addition, I expect good progress to be made with the route action plans being developed on the A96 Aberdeen-Inverness; the A85 Perth-Dundee; the A7 south of Hawick; and—jointly with the Department of Transport—on the A I Newcastle-Edinburgh routes. I expect to be able to give a more detailed account of the full extent of our proposals for Scottish roads in a policy document to be issued later this year.

As to completions of major schemes, 10 were completed in 1990–91 and 11 are expected to be completed in 1991–92.