New Forth bridge - 'Scotland needs it - so let's build it'

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In giving the go-ahead for the new Forth road bridge, the SNP Government has stated its confidence that it will be built on time and on budget.

That will mean millions of cars and lorries should be using the new crossing by 2016, while the whole project should cost Scottish taxpayers no more than the projected 2.3 billion.

Cynics will say it is easy for the ministers of any government to be so upbeat about events which are more than a political lifetime away, especially with the polls currently pointing to an SNP defeat in May.

We can only hope that those who do take charge of the project can learn lessons from Edinburgh's tram debacle and the budget- busting Parliament building.

But the fact that building work over the Forth will start within months - after many years of campaigns both for and against - has to be welcomed.

The crossing is simply too important to the national transport network to take any risks.

Yes, there are arguments that the existing bridge could be fixed up enough to continue instead, but there are simply too many doubts to delay any longer on building the replacement.

Yesterday, we criticised the Scottish Government over the private financing of the new Sick Kids hospital, compared with public spending for Glasgow projects.

Today, we welcome the SNP's commitment to public funding for the new bridge, though this is an investment for the whole of the nation, not just Edinburgh and Fife.

Scotland needs the bridge - now let's see it built. And on time and on budget, thanks.

Outlook is bleak

the News would like to thank the city council for its help in proving just what a waste of cash is its own free "newspaper".

As we have said for some time, Outlook is little more than a PR platform for vainglorious administration politicians and officials.

Costing more than 200,000 a year to produce, if this piece of fluff ever had a role to play those days are gone now that the council faces a 90 million-plus black hole. Now, as we report today, the council has itself revealed that only one person in four is getting Outlook, even though it is stuffed through letterboxes whether we want it or not.

Memo to council: don't spend yet more cash making people read Outlook; scrap it instead.

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