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£50m boost for Tay region

Words: Roger Milne
SNP leader Nicola Sturgeon / Scottish Government

An additional £50 million investment in the Tay Cities Region has been announced by the Scottish Government to support manufacturing businesses and the delivery of the Cross-Tay Link Road.

First Minister Nicola Sturgeon said that £40 million would be invested in the new road, which would link the A9 over the River Tay to the A93 and A94 north of Scone, reducing congestion in Perth and opening sites for housing and economic development.

The remaining £10 million would fund an industrial investment programme to support manufacturing businesses across the region – covering Dundee, Perth, Angus and the north of Fife.

This funding is in addition to the Scottish Government’s £150 million commitment to the Tay Cities Region Deal and brings overall Scottish Government investment in the area to £200 million over the next 10 to 15 years.

Sturgeon said: “As well opening up land for new housing and employment sites, the Cross-Tay Link Road will reduce traffic congestion in and around Perth and improve the air quality in the city centre and Bridgend.

“The £10 million industrial investment programme will help drive forward our ambitions to be a global manufacturing leader, creating opportunities for businesses right across the region.”

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