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Trunk road repairs accelerated

An extra fifteen million pounds to help strengthen Scotland’s trunk roads and bridges is to see repairs carried-out at more than sixty locations in this financial year.

The investment, which was announced as part of the Programme for Government, is being targeted at the sections of the network that need it most.

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

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

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 Scottish Government has invested more than £6.5bn in the network since 2007 and we are proceeding with major projects like the dualling of the A9 and A96 as well as the Aberdeen by-pass.

“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.”

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Trunk road repairs accelerated

An extra fifteen million pounds to help strengthen Scotland’s trunk roads and bridges is to see repairs carried-out at more than sixty locations in this financial year.

The investment, which was announced as part of the Programme for Government, is being targeted at the sections of the network that need it most.

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

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

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 Scottish Government has invested more than £6.5bn in the network since 2007 and we are proceeding with major projects like the dualling of the A9 and A96 as well as the Aberdeen by-pass.

“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.”

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£2.5m for sustainable aquaculture projects

A £2.5 million European funding boost to support sustainable growth and investment in Scottish aquaculture will be announced today by Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing.

£1.7 million from the European Maritime and Fisheries Fund (EMFF) will go to the Scottish Aquaculture Innovation Centre at Stirling University to promote environmental sustainability, and bring industry and research together to provide innovative solutions to sector challenges.

Loch Fyne Oysters Limited, Charron Ltd, Dawnfresh Seafoods Limited and Fassfern Mussels Limited will also benefit from the funding, which is part of the second round of the EMFF, supporting 56 projects in communities all across Scotland.

Mr Ewing is speaking at the Farmed Finfish Summit at Marine Harvest Ltd in Fort William today where he will demonstrate how essential support from the European Union is and again call on the UK Government to provide clarity around future funding.

He will also commit to form an Aquaculture Industry Leadership Group (ILG) to drive growth and improve partnership working between the industry and government.

Mr Ewing said:

“Aquaculture is one of our real economic success stories and the industry is on track to grow to a value of well over £2 billion annually to the Scottish economy by 2020, supporting 10,000 jobs. I am committed to supporting continued growth to 2020 and beyond as part of my wider priorities to build growth in the rural economy.

“This is a great example of how essential EU funding is, helping to encourage further innovation and supporting the sustainable growth of aquaculture, in turn benefiting rural communities which depend on this industry.

“In the absence of clarity from the UK Government on the longer-term impact of the EU referendum vote on EU funding, we will do all we can to champion our shared interests and provide reassurance to our aquaculture industry. We know aquaculture has a key role to play in our rural economy. It is a major Scottish exporter to the EU which is why we will continue to engage with the UK Treasury to get clarity on future funding and to secure Scotland’s place in the single market.”

Notes to editors

The Farmed Finfish Summit is one in a series of sectoral summits to discuss how the Scottish Government can help deliver further sustainable growth across in rural and island communities.

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