Scotland invests additional £15m for road improvements


The Scottish Government will invest an additional £15m to carry out repair works on trunk roads and bridges across 60 locations this financial year.

This additional investment is part of the Programme for Government.

Scotland Transport Minister Humza Yousaf said: “Scotland’s trunk roads are one of our largest assets and they are fundamental to our economy, supporting our key industries."

"The work will be taking place soon and our operating companies will be out making the repairs in addition to the work they already have planned for this year."

The Scottish government has invested over £6.5bn in the network since 2007 and the government is proceeding with major projects such as the dualling of the A9, A96 and the Aberdeen by-pass.

Yousaf added: “And while our trunk routes overall remain in good condition, it is clear that extra investment could make further improvements.

"We have allocated this additional funding to allow the work to go ahead in this financial year and around sixty extra maintenance projects are planned in the coming months.

“Careful thought has been given about how to get the most out of this new funding and it is being used on projects that will help prolong the life of the network.

"The work will be taking place soon and our operating companies will be out making the repairs in addition to the work they already have planned for this year.”

The additional resurfacing to address wear and tear on 26 routes is being brought forward to address potholes and to cut down the need for more expensive and disruptive major maintenance at a later date.

In the coming months, A82, A90, M8 and A77 are amongst the roads where the work will be carried-out.

The Kincardine Bridge will also benefit with repairs being made to the deck of the approach spans and parapets will be repaired on a number of smaller bridges.