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I for Ever: “road improvements a low priority”!!!! …

Comment posted Economic development strategy for the west Highlands by Dr Douglas McKenzie.

I for Ever: “road improvements a low priority”!!!! Get real (as younger, hipper people would say.
M74 extension and upgrades; A9 upgrade; A77(M77) upgrades; Pulpit Rock tackled (at last); second Forth Road Bridge…. the list goes on. If anything the criticism against the Scottish Government (of all hues) is that it has been too eager to prioritise road improvements.

Dr Douglas McKenzie also commented

  • Blinkered? Motes and Beams Ifor E. Note that i said of all hues. My point being that since devolution there has been considerable road building/improvement work in Scotland rather in contrast to your suggestion that road building ceased with the extinction of the Tory dinosaur.

    As to the West, Pulpit Rock was, last time I looked, in the West and very contemporary. The politicians are promising action on the Rest (and we will hold them to account on that).

    It must be a very disappointing world you live in IforE – nobody voting the way you want them to (in Scotland at least), 5 years of SNP government and still the sky hasn’t fallen. I genuinely pity you.

  • I don’t think the engineering is really a problem. The Japanese have a much deeper sub sea railway tunnel (The Seikan Tunnel at 250m). The real constraints would be finance against the social benefit costs of the tunnel). The main impetus for the Japanese tunnel was safety: too many ferries were sinking in typhoons. Mind you, I would be a bit alarmed to be in the tunnel during an earthquake!

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