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Transport blueprint at-a-glance

The Scottish Government has unveiled its Strategic Transport Projects Review, setting out investment plans for the coming 20 years.

Here are some of the main proposals contained in the plan:


  • A new toll-free Forth crossing, estimated to cost between 1.72bn and 2.34bn. The existing bridge will be retained for public transport use.
  • Upgrading of the A96, including dualling between Inverness and Nairn, a new Nairn bypass, a new Inveramsay Bridge and new connection between the A9 and the A96 to provide relief for the Raigmore Interchange.
  • A programme of improvements for the A9, including upgrading to a dual carriageway between Perth and Inverness.
  • The upgrading of the A82, with a number of measures including road widening at selected locations between Tarbet and Inverarnan and between Corran Ferry and Fort William.
  • A package of improvements to the A90 between Aberdeen and other communities in the north east, building on existing plans to dual the Balmedie to Tipperty section.
  • Upgrading of the A75, A76 and A77 to boost economic and tourism links with the port of Stranraer, including dualling the A77 around Ayr and the Dalry bypass.
  • A new city bypass for Dundee, or the upgrading of the Kingsway.
  • A strategy to create new national park-and-ride sites serving Aberdeen, Dundee, Edinburgh and Glasgow.


  • Electrification of the rail network.
  • Major enhancements to the link between Glasgow and Edinburgh, aimed at reducing the journey time to 35 minutes and increasing the number of services from five or six to 13 per hour.
  • Delivery of key components of the Aberdeen Crossrail scheme, including improvements to the services between Aberdeen and Inverness. The creation of a station at Kintore will be considered.
  • Improvements in Glasgow, including the construction of new city centre stations linking the rail networks to the north, south and east of the city, and the development of a Metro/Light Rapid Transit network across Glasgow.
  • Faster, more frequent rail services linking Fife, Aberdeen, Inverness, Edinburgh, Perth and Glasgow. This would aim to reduce journey times between Inverness and the central belt by up to 30 minutes and cut the journey between Aberdeen and Edinburgh by up to 20 minutes.
  • The upgrading of the Haymarket interchange in Edinburgh. Also in the capital, there are plans for a new rail station at Gogar to integrate with the Edinburgh tram network and provide an onward connection for passengers using Edinburgh Airport.
  • A new national integrated ticketing scheme which would allow people to travel across all forms of public transport using just one ticket.

There are also proposals for rail and road infrastructure work to improve freight links from the major terminals at Grangemouth, Mossend and Coatbridge to key points in Scotland and England.

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