Infrastructure Funding: Should the User Pay? Glasgow

2 March, 2017 | 17:30 - 19:30

Venue address:

Technology & Innovation Centre
University of Strathclyde
99 George Street
Glasgow G1 1RD
United Kingdom
Infrastructure Funding – who should pay for it?
Infrastructure Funding – who should pay for it?

About this event

The Scottish Government, in its draft budget for 2017-18, is committing to providing funding to bring the Queensferry Crossing to completion, to progress on the M8/M73/M74 Motorway Improvements project, the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route, the A9 and A96 projects and the A737 Dalry Bypass. These are all significant projects to improve Scotland's transport infrastructure and further funding will be required for future projects to help drive economic growth.

In these times of fiscal prudence, the question being asked more and more in relation to infrastructure funding is "Should the user pay?"

This debate will provide those attending with an opportunity to gain a better understanding of the issues around funding and hear the case for and against making the user pay. After the speakers have made their cases the debate will be opened to the floor to allow members of the audience to ask questions of the speakers or voice their opinion on the topic.

Registration and refreshments from 5.30pm for a 6.15pm start.


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Robbie Clark

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Debate Chair:

Iain Docherty, BSc PhD CMILT, Professor of Public Policy and Governance at the University of Glasgow. Iain is also a Non-Executive Director of the ScotRail Alliance and one of five Thought Leaders working to integrate scientific innovation and social science research across the UK.

Putting the case for user funding:

Bruce Dickson, Board Director at Bam Construction and Regional Director for Scotland. Bruce represented Tier 1 main contractors on the Scottish Government Construction Procurement Review consultation group. He is a guest lecturer at the University of Edinburgh and sits on the board of the Scottish Contractors Group.

Putting the case against user funding:

Peter Reekie, Deputy Chief Executive and Director of Investments of the Scottish Futures Trust. Peter, a chartered civil engineer, has been involved in the development of SFT since its inception and leads the Scottish NPD and hub PPP programmes with a value of £3.5bn, incorporating projects within the transport, education and healthcare sectors.