Infrastructure funding will be major boost to local economy

Senior Aberdeenshire councillors have today welcomed the Scottish Government’s commitment to boost north east infrastructure by £254m.

This funding is in addition to the Scottish Government’s match funding of the City Region Deal.

The money will be used to improve road and rail infrastructure in the north east including improvements to the south junction of the A90 at Laurencekirk.

There will also be significant investment to help increase affordable housing in the area as well as additional funding to improve the digital infrastructure in Aberdeenshire

Co-Leader of Aberdeenshire Council Cllr Richard Thomson said: “At a time when public finances are tight this funding has to be warmly welcomed. The funding over the next 5-10 years will allow us to plan ahead and invest in vital projects for Aberdeenshire.

“Everyone is aware that the lack of affordable housing is one of the major factors in both the public and private sector struggling to recruit and retain key employees in the north east. As a council we have made this a key priority and with this extra investment we will be able to do more.

Co-Leader of Aberdeenshire Council Cllr Martin Kitts-Hayes said: “This additional investment will allow us to press ahead with much needed infrastructure projects across the north east which in turn will be a major boost to the local economy.

“In particular improving journey times and capacity on the key rail links will encourage people to visit the north east. Improving transport links will also make it easier to attract inward investment.

“The funding will also mean the long awaited grade separated junction at Laurencekirk will at last become a reality.”

Leader of the Aberdeenshire Alliance group on Aberdeenshire Council, Cllr Jim Gifford said: “This announcement is the result of all parties including business and local people pulling together to make the case for significant investment in the north east. As well as improving housing, roads and rail services, the funding will also be used to boost digital connectivity across the north east which again will make Aberdeenshire a more attractive area to invest in.”