From a Tusker reader Anon:
Mind just a few weeks ago when Douglas Ross MP made overtures about there being a Scotland beyond the Central Belt/Glasgow and Edinburgh?
Well, based on his ‘power up’ proposals there isn’t a Scotland south of there.
On transport infrastructure, we reach three key conclusions:
Firstly, it should be a long-term objective of the Scottish Government to build on the existing Edinburgh/Glasgow axis, with significantly improved connectivity between the two and several new population centres in between. With the right incentives in place, this will serve as a magnet for international investment, with knock on benefits for surrounding areas.
Secondly, an additional transport axis should be created between Aberdeen and Edinburgh and Inverness and Edinburgh that enables higher line speeds to reduce journey times, with additional benefits unlocked for Perth and Dundee.
Thirdly, a dedicated tourism infrastructure fund should be set up, with further work done to explore the reintroduction of local rail lines, in addition to improved connectivity to the North of Scotland.
Ross is based in the North-east but surely knows about his party’s strength, for now, in the South?