CHANCELLOR Jeremy Hunt must send all promised consequentials linked to HS2 to the Scottish Government, the SNP have said ahead of the Spring Budget.

Hunt is set to deliver his Budget in the House of Commons on Wednesday next week. 

In October last year, Prime Minister Rishi Sunak cancelled the high-speed rail project's leg to Manchester after weeks of speculation. 

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The link to Glasgow was cancelled in June 2022, just 30 minutes before the results of Boris Johnson’s confidence vote were due.

Citing ballooning costs of the project, Sunak said the money would be diverted to other public transport projects and roads in the North of England and the Midlands, which he claimed would better serve the needs of people in those areas.

The replacement scheme dubbed "Network North" managed to omit the majority of Scotland. 

First Minister Humza Yousaf pointed out the UK Government had “quite literally wiped us off the map”.

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And now, with the Spring Budget looming, SNP pointed to experts who said the project would have cut travel times between London and Glasgow and, according to experts, was essential in helping Scotland's businesses grow. 

Gavin Newlands MP, the SNP's Transport spokesperson, said that "Scotland should not miss out because the UK government can't deliver on their promises",

He called on Tory ministers to ensure the promised funding is be honoured.

"Next week's Spring Budget gives the Chancellor the perfect opportunity to finally deliver the HS2 consequentials due to the Scottish Government," he added.

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"Scotland should not miss out because the UK Government can't deliver on their promises.

"However, when it comes to transport, broken promises is somewhat of a norm for this UK government.

"Whether it's HS2 or the ridiculous Boris Johnson bridge from Scotland to Northern Ireland, you just cannot trust a word the Tories say.

"In contrast, the SNP Scottish Government has a proud record of delivering for the people of Scotland with new lines and stations opening across the country - not to mention the millions currently being invested in decarbonising our trains.

"Next week provides the Chancellor that opportunity - it's imperative he delivers so that Scotland does not miss out once again."

We told how it emerged the funding from the scrapped HS2 project was to be used for fixing London roads, a revelation that prompted outrage.