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  • Member for: Glasgow Southside
  • Region: Glasgow
  • Party: Scottish National Party

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Meeting of the Parliament 01 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 01, 2014
The Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities (Nicola Sturgeon)

Control of Scotland’s resources would allow the Scottish Government significant greater flexibility to invest in strategic projects with the aim of boosting economic performance, enhancing opportunity, providing better public services and improving the environment for the people of Scotland.



Meeting of the Parliament 01 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 01, 2014
Nicola Sturgeon

First, I take the opportunity to welcome Lord Smith’s intention to engage with civic society and the grass-roots groups that played such a key role in the referendum campaign. The importance of doing so is something that John Swinney and I stressed to Lord Smith when we met him last week.

The Scottish Government also intends to engage fully with civic Scotland and grass-roots organisations as proposals for further devolution are developed, and we will be encouraging—and do encourage—all organisations across civic Scotland to play a full role in Lord Smith’s commission. He has set a deadline of the end of this month for groups to submit proposals to him, and I encourage all those with an interest to do so.



Meeting of the Parliament 01 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 01, 2014
The Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities (Nicola Sturgeon)

Glasgow is our largest city and it forms a key part of Scotland’s economy. The Scottish Government has signed a city deal for Glasgow and Clyde valley that will deliver significant benefits for the region and, I believe, for Scotland as a whole. As the member will be aware, we have committed more than £500 million to the deal, which will run for 20 years until the financial year 2034-35.

The intention is that funding will be released in five-year tranches. The release of funding will be subject to gateway reviews and is contingent on Glasgow and Clyde valley adopting satisfactory governance and assurance processes.



Meeting of the Parliament 01 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 01, 2014
Nicola Sturgeon

No, I do not accept that. The reasons for that Government decision have been well rehearsed and, I think, are well understood. I know that the member was accusing the Scottish Government, and not the people of Glasgow, of being short-sighted, but I take the opportunity to say that the people of Glasgow demonstrated anything but short-sightedness when they voted yes in the referendum a couple of weeks ago. [Interruption.]



Meeting of the Parliament 01 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 01, 2014
Nicola Sturgeon

On the specific question that the member asked, he will be aware that the city deal makes it clear that improvements in terms of surface access will cover the projects emerging from the Glasgow airport study, and our work on tram-train will inform those. Glasgow City Council and Renfrewshire Council are to take forward delivery, and the feasibility study in that respect is currently being finalised.

That all said, as a signal of our on-going commitment to improve rail travel in the Renfrewshire area, we have already provided enhanced passenger services and 38 new class 380 trains, providing 130 additional carriages, through the Paisley corridor improvement. This Government remains committed to ensuring that we continue to improve rail transport, and I have no doubt that the commitment demonstrated by the city deal will allow the local authorities that are involved in it to continue to make progress as well.



Meeting of the Parliament 01 October 2014 : Wednesday, October 01, 2014
Nicola Sturgeon

In relation to the second part of James Kelly’s question, I am sure that it will not surprise him to hear that I have frequent and regular discussions with the Cabinet Secretary for Finance, Employment and Sustainable Growth. He will present his budget to the Scottish Parliament next week. I will not say any more about the budget than that at this stage, except to note that, as I said in my answer to Drew Smith’s original question, the Scottish Government’s commitment to the city deal has been made absolutely clear.

On the feasibility study, as I said in response to Drew Smith, we are currently finalising that work. It is important that it is done thoroughly, robustly and properly. The work has highlighted some challenges to the delivery of any rail link, and we will continue to work with the councils to address them. Of course, Glasgow City Council and Renfrewshire Council would take forward delivery of any project.

The Government’s commitment to work with the councils is well understood and I think that we will continue to make progress.



Meeting of the Parliament 25 September 2014 : Thursday, September 25, 2014
The Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities (Nicola Sturgeon)

Improving journey times on the Scottish rail network is a key strategic outcome for the Scottish Government. That is why we are committed to a £5 billion package of investment in our railways until 2019. That will support improvements to infrastructure and services across the network, including substantial improvements to the Highland main line. Our desire for improvement is also reflected in the procurement for the next ScotRail franchise, in which bidders have been encouraged to reduce journey times, particularly on intercity routes.



Meeting of the Parliament 25 September 2014 : Thursday, September 25, 2014
Nicola Sturgeon

I said in my original answer that improvement of the nature that Liz Smith talks about is very much a focus of the process for the next ScotRail franchise. Liz Smith will be aware that the next phase of improvements to the Highland main line will deliver greater capacity and faster journey times to try to improve connectivity for passengers and businesses. We are also committed to a rolling programme of electrification, which includes the routes between Edinburgh and Perth and Dundee, from Dunblane to Aberdeen and from Perth to Inverness. The Aberdeen to central belt improvements project, which is also being developed, will deliver faster services and improved connectivity between our cities.

I hope that Liz Smith will accept that a considerable programme of work is under way, but I will ensure that her comments are conveyed to the Minister for Transport and Veterans, and I know that he would be happy to discuss the details further with her.



Meeting of the Parliament 25 September 2014 : Thursday, September 25, 2014
Nicola Sturgeon

The Scottish Government is of course willing to consider rail-based interventions that receive a positive appraisal under the Scottish transport appraisal guidance, subject to affordability and the potential impact on passengers using the wider rail network. For example, that involves the challenge of balancing reduced journey times against additional stops. I am aware that the south-east of Scotland transport partnership and the Tayside and central Scotland transport partnership are undertaking a joint business case study in conjunction with Fife Council and Perth and Kinross Council regarding proposed rail stations at Newburgh and Bridge of Earn. If those bodies decide that new stations in those locations fit with their transport strategies, they will of course consider undertaking a STAG appraisal, which will explore all possible transport solutions and not just rail.



Meeting of the Parliament 25 September 2014 : Thursday, September 25, 2014
The Deputy First Minister and Cabinet Secretary for Infrastructure, Investment and Cities (Nicola Sturgeon)

Just under 4.3 million people registered to vote in the referendum. The number of votes cast was 3,623,344. That gives an overall turnout of 84.6 per cent, which is the highest turnout ever recorded in a Scottish election or referendum, which is something that all of us should celebrate.

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S4M-11123 Joe FitzPatrick on behalf of the Parliamentary Bureau: Business Motion—That the Parliament
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S4M-11114.2 Kenny MacAskill: Policing—As an amendment to motion S4M-11114 in the name of Graeme Pear
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S4M-11114 Graeme Pearson: Policing—That the Parliament acknowledges that policing in Scotland contin
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S4M-11116.1.1 Patrick Harvie: Scotland’s Future—As an amendment to amendment S4M-11116.1 in the name
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S4M-11116.1 Nicola Sturgeon: Scotland’s Future—As an amendment to motion S4M-11116 in the name of Jo
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S4M-11116 Johann Lamont: Scotland’s Future—That the Parliament recognises the result of the independ
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Amendment 61 moved by Elaine Murray on motion S4M-11101 Kenny MacAskill: Courts Reform (Scotland) Bi
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Amendment 62 moved by Margaret Mitchell on motion S4M-11101 Kenny MacAskill: Courts Reform (Scotland
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Amendment 63 moved by Margaret Mitchell on motion S4M-11101 Kenny MacAskill: Courts Reform (Scotland
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Amendment 64 moved by Margaret Mitchell on motion S4M-11101 Kenny MacAskill: Courts Reform (Scotland
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Motion S4M-11116.1: Nicola Sturgeon, Glasgow Southside, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 07/10/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10777: Nicola Sturgeon, Glasgow Southside, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 11/08/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10739: Nicola Sturgeon, Glasgow Southside, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 06/08/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10353.3: Nicola Sturgeon, Glasgow Southside, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 17/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10005: Nicola Sturgeon, Glasgow Southside, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 09/05/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09844.3: Nicola Sturgeon, Glasgow Southside, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 29/04/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09740.2: Nicola Sturgeon, Glasgow Southside, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 17/04/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09281: Nicola Sturgeon, Glasgow Southside, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 10/03/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-09051: Nicola Sturgeon, Glasgow Southside, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 17/02/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-08523: Nicola Sturgeon, Glasgow Southside, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 05/12/2013 Show Full Motion >>
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