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SPT approves £73 million investment plan for transport in the West of Scotland

At a meeting on Friday 21 February, Strathclyde Partnership for Transport’s Partnership Committee has approved its Capital Programme and Budget for 2014/15 (pdf).

The committee approved £73 million investment, which will fund a total of 77 projects across the 12 local authority areas SPT serves. This funding comes from capital grant from the Scottish Government, European Regional Development Funding and grants awarded for specific projects.

This capital investment is over and above the revenue budget used to deliver vital public transport services for the benefit of communities across West of Scotland, including maintaining bus stops and stations, awarding subsidised bus contracts, delivering MyBus and running the Subway.

SPT is continuing towards delivery of a fully modernised Subway system and infrastructure for a Fastlink service between Glasgow City Centre, key employment and social hubs and health care amenities. In addition to this, SPT will be delivering improved bus infrastructure, continued investment in park and ride, enhancing bus corridor projects, walking and cycling improvements, and implementing traffic management measures in a number of local authority areas.

SPT Chair, Councillor Jim Coleman said:

“This is a significant investment in our transport network and the projects identified will not only deliver new innovative solutions but will also ensure that the existing network continues to operate effectively, benefiting everyone who travels within and across Strathclyde.

“In addition to the major work underway to modernise the Subway and introduce Fastlink, we want all public transport and active travel options, like cycling and walking, to be more attractive and convenient for people. We want more connectivity between public transport methods and we want to reduce the number, and length of, car journeys. We think this programme of spending reflects our commitment to achieving all of these goals.”

The projects in the capital programme were identified through SPT’s Regional Transport Strategy delivery plan, and on-going transport analysis and working in partnerships with the local authorities and community planning partnerships.  The proposals were assessed taking into consideration how it would support the achievement of SPT’s strategic priorities, as well as deliverability and affordability.