Council welcomes additional Tay Cities Region funding

Perth & Kinross Council has welcomed an additional £50 million funding from Scottish Government announced today for the Tay Cities Region.

The funding includes £40m towards the Cross Tay Link Road (CTLR), which is integral to the future growth and development of Perth and the surrounding area. People moving to the new Bertha Park development in western Perth, which will see 3,000 new homes and a new secondary school, will gain easy access across the A9 and the Tay - an improvement which will also mean cleaner air and less traffic for people in the city centre. Plans for Western Perth include a 20+ hectare eco-innovation park, supporting hundreds of new jobs. 

Councillor Murray Lyle, Leader of the Council, said: "This is fantastic news for Perth. We are absolutely delighted with this funding, which means people in Perth and Kinross will enjoy better road connections and improved air quality, while opening up access to development land and housing and better connectivity across Scotland. 

"While the CTLR will improve journey times for many, it is important to note that this is about much more than simply a new road. From the construction itself, which will be managed in such a way that it supports local jobs and skills development, through to the broad range of housing and business it will access, the CTLR is absolutely key to the future expansion of Perth and Kinross, the beating heart of Scotland. 

"We know that people want to come and live and work in Perth and Kinross, to live life well and enjoy the excellent connectivity and quality of life we have to offer. Today's news means that we can move forward with confidence, starting a new chapter in Perth and Kinross's story."