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FORSYTH ALLOWS EXTRA£1M CAPITAL FOR BERNERAY CAUSEWAY

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The Berneray Causeway project will go ahead following an extra£1m capital allocation from The Scottish Office, Sco...
The Berneray Causeway project will go ahead following an extra £1m capital allocation from The Scottish Office, Scottish secretaary Michael Forsyth announced today.

The extra £1m is in addition to an earlier grant of £4.3m and will allow the Western Isles Council to start work on the project this financial year.

Mr Forsyth said: 'I am very pleased to announce this substantial additional government funding to enable the construction of the Berneray Causeway. The funding package includes extra capital allocations of £1m which will be issued to the council for the project. This is on top of the £4.3m grant which I authorised earlier this year.

'The building of a causeway between the Islands of Berneray and North Uist has been a top priority of the local community, and of the Western Isles Council, for sometime now. They have fought hard to get this project off the ground and I am delighted that I have been able to help.

'The causeway will of course not only benefit the people of Berneray but it is expected also to greatly improve vital transport links throughout the Island chain. This is another example of the government's continued recognition of the Western Isles' special transport requirements.'
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