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24 December 2011

Stevenson Welcomes £50m Sleeper Commitment

Banffshire & Buchan Coast MSP Stewart Stevenson has welcomed the Scottish Government’s announcement of £50 million of funding to improve the cross-border sleeper train.

The service is of particular importance to the economy in the North & North-east of Scotland providing a vital business link to London and beyond.

Mr Stevenson says the ball is now in the UK Government’s court to see if the Treasury will keep its promise and deliver its share of the funding.

Commenting, Stewart Stevenson said:

“I have had occasion to use the Caledonian Sleeper service myself and I know from speaking to fellow passengers how much they value the ability to travel overnight and still be fresh and ready to go early in the morning at the other end.

“This is a high quality service that gives passengers the best possible travel experience and I am delighted that the Scottish Government has demonstrated a strong commitment to the future of this link. It now remains to be seen if the UK Treasury is true to its word and keeps its own share of funding for the service committed.

“Infrastructure investment is absolutely critical to getting the economy moving and the SNP is committed to making major capital investment in a range of projects such as the Caledonian Sleeper service. The UK Government needs to do the same if we are to get people back into work and see proper growth.”
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