MSP's concerns about SNP flagship project

THERE was a call this week for the SNP Scottish Government to step up and deliver on their flagship broadband programme.

 

Dumfriesshire MSP Oliver Mundell was reacting after concerns were raised that a legal challenge will not be completed by the end of the year, meaning the so-called R100 project (reaching 100 per cent of properties) could lose vital funding.

The northern zone of the £600m Scotland-wide project is currently centre of a dispute about a contract and the planned broadband delivery timings remain uncertain for those in the Highlands, Aberdeen, Dundee and Angus.

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SNP Rural Economy Secretary Fergus Ewing MSP was previously reported as saying he would resign if the project wasn't delivered by 2021, which is now an increasingly difficult target to achieve.

Now Mr Mundell says that the SNP need to ensure there are no further issues with delivering superfast broadband, with digital connectivity going to be vital in restarting the post Covid-19 economy.

He said: "The SNP's flagship broadband scheme continues to be beset by delays. They have talked the talk but completely failed to deliver the infrastructure on the ground.

"Digital connectivity is going to be absolutely vital in boosting our economy after Covid-19 and we can't let our rural communities in particular be left behind."

 

Mr Mundell continues to monitor progress in the south Scotland zone, which includes his constituency.