Sheriffhall Roundabout (Budget)

– in the Scottish Parliament at on 6 March 2024.

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Photo of Miles Briggs Miles Briggs Conservative

7. To ask the Scottish Government how much it will allocate through its budget to fund any potential cost increases related to improvements to the A720 city bypass grade separation of Sheriffhall roundabout. (S6O-03164)

Photo of Tom Arthur Tom Arthur Scottish National Party

Despite the stark challenges that we face as a result of the United Kingdom Government budget settlement, the Scottish Government remains committed to delivering the grade separation of Sheriffhall roundabout as part of our £300 million commitment to the Edinburgh and south-east Scotland city region deal. Indeed, we continue to progress the proposed improvements through the statutory process so that we can deliver the scheme as soon as possible.

As with all projects, construction of the improvements can commence only if they are approved under the statutory authorisation process. Thereafter, a timetable for progress can be set, in line with the annual Scottish budget-setting process.

Photo of Miles Briggs Miles Briggs Conservative

It has now been more than a year since the public inquiry into the matter closed. Why is it taking so long for that to report? What assessment have ministers made of potential cost increases for the project? Given that the Scottish Government and the UK Government have committed £300 million to the project, it is clear that the huge delay—we are now in the middle of this session of Parliament—will have cost implications. What does that look like, and when will ministers make that information public?

Photo of Tom Arthur Tom Arthur Scottish National Party

I recognise Mr Briggs’s long-standing interest in and campaigning on the matter. As he will appreciate, a statutory process is under way, and it is important that that process is respected. As he is aware, the independent reporter has submitted their conclusions and recommendations, which are under active consideration prior to a decision being made by Scottish ministers. As I stated in my original answer, I reassure Mr Briggs of the Scottish Government’s commitment in the area, but I am sure that he appreciates and recognises that we need to observe and uphold the statutory process.

The Deputy Presiding Officer:

Question 8 was not lodged.

That concludes portfolio question time.