SNP Ministers underinvestment in infrastructure is now impacting economic opportunities in Lothian

Lothian MSP Miles Briggs has hit out at the decision by SNP Ministers to call in the decision for a £500 million Business Gateway hub.


The new hub, that was set to create 12,000 new jobs near Edinburgh airport, had already been granted planning permission by Edinburgh Council, however the Scottish Government has now removed permission for the new hub.


The decision to withdraw permission for the new Business Gateway was due to a lack of transport infrastructure on the Edinburgh City Bypass and beside the airport.


Edinburgh and the South East of Scotland has the fastest growing economy in Scotland, but SNP Ministers are not investing in infrastructure to keep up with the economy.


The development of Edinburgh’s bypass is an issue the Lothian MSP Miles Briggs has campaigned on since his election to the Scottish Parliament in 2016.


Miles Briggs, Scottish Conservative Lothian MSP, said:


“There is no real longer term vision from SNP Ministers for the long term infrastructure that Edinburgh and the Lothians need.


“The failure of SNP Ministers to properly invest in Edinburgh’s infrastructure is now having an impact on opportunities for economic growth as well.


“I have been lobbying SNP Ministers to seek action to address the ongoing problems residents and businesses are facing with athe Edinburgh City by-pass which is now overcapacity.

“It’s time for SNP Ministers to start thinking strategically about the transport infrastructure Edinburgh & Lothian desperately needs - not holding back investment, jobs, and growth.”



Miles Briggs