Local MP Jo Swinson has welcomed the news that East Dunbartonshire Council has signed up to the Glasgow City Deal, and hopes that money can be spent on the Relief Road project in Bishopbriggs to ease local traffic congestion.
The City Deal is a £1.3billion initiative between the UK and Scottish Governments as well as eight local councils, to fund spending on projects in and around Glasgow like a new airport rail link, upgrades to bus and road services and the creation of programmes to tackle unemployment. It is hoped the City Deal will create 29,000 jobs, which Jo says is great news for local people.
Jo’s Liberal Democrat colleagues, Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and Business Secretary Vince Cable, were instrumental in getting the City Deal finalised. They pushed for this support for Glasgow in order to continue the Government’s efforts to rebalance the economy and reduce the country’s focus on south-east England.
Jo said: “East Dunbartonshire Council has made a recommendation for money to be spent on Phase 5 of the Bishopbriggs Relief Road, which I fully support. I will be working alongside Liberal Democrat councillors to push strongly for this investment should the funding opportunity arise.
“An investment of this size in Glasgow and the surrounding areas can only be good news for local people in East Dunbartonshire who work in the city and use public transport. This significant financial commitment will have a huge impact on economic growth and jobs in Glasgow, and will ensure it remains one of the UK’s premier cities.”