Scottish secretary Michael Forsyth said:
'This extra funding from the government is a substantial sum and together with the additional allocations already made for the project confirms the importance that is attached to the development of the Forthside site and the exciting opportunities this project offers for the area.
'My discussions this morning with the council have satisfied me that the proposals for the road can be taken forward in a satisfactory and appropriate manner.'
The Scottish Office issued significant additional allocations in the past to the regional council for the construction of the road although progress has been slower than originally estimated because of concerns about the detailed development of the project. Stirling Council made a bid earlier this year for additional funding in 1996-97 and 1997-98.