New train stations and road upgrades could be built by diverting £200 million that was earmarked to speed-up rail journeys between Aberdeen and the central belt.
Aberdeen City Region Deal
The UK Government refused calls to give extra cash to Aberdeen and Inverness during behind-the-scenes talks that led to City Region Deals, it has been claimed.
Politicians were divided yesterday over the success of more than £1.2billion of investment outlined in City Region Deals for Aberdeen and Inverness.
A £330million upgrade of the Aberdeen to Inverness rail line has been plunged into uncertainty amid a dispute between Holyrood and Westminster.
A north-east planning chief has warned investing £5.5million in the expansion of Aberdeen Harbour will take business away from its own ports.
The north-east's "third class passengers" could be forced to wait more than a decade for better rail services to the central belt.
A fresh row has broken out over the funding for the Aberdeen City Region Deal.
Scottish Secretary David Mundell has raised hopes of a city deal for Inverness by saying he is “very confident” about a positive result.
John Swinney has declined to outline a timeline for Aberdeen’s much anticipated multi-billion pound city deal.
UK ministers will be challenged at Westminster next week over the progress of Aberdeen’s “game-changing” £3billion City Deal.