19 January 2016
The First Minister visited Dundee to see the progress of the £100 million Central Waterfront infrastructure plan and to announce that it will be completed ahead of schedule and on budget.
The plan – which includes the Slessor Gardens, a new road layout, access to the Tay road bridge and preparatory works for the creation of fully serviced development sites – is part of the £1 billion transformation of Dundee’s eight kilometre Waterfront Project.
While in Dundee the First Minister met pupils from St Mary’s Primary School and Grove Academy who spoke about their excitement of the waterfront development.
— First Minister (@ScotGovFM) January 18, 2016
The original infrastructure plan was due to be completed by the end of summer 2016 but is now on track to be completed by the end of February.
DUNDEE NEWS: Dundee Waterfront infrastructure plan ahead of schedule https://t.co/SKpcI7doR4
— The Courier (@courier_dundee) January 18, 2016
— V&A Dundee (@VADundee) January 18, 2016
The First Minister said:
The progress we have seen on this infrastructure work is a testament to good project management and support from the wider local community and businesses. The wider Dundee Waterfront project is now well past the halfway mark, with over £600 million already invested including £41.1 million from Scottish Enterprise. The project will create 7,000 new jobs and provide a wide range of new opportunities for young people seeking training and employment.
I am delighted that the Scottish Government is part of transforming a post-industrial city into a centre for the creative economy with this ground-breaking development.”