06 Oct 2011

Scottish National Party MSP for Shettleston, John Mason, has welcomed news that Glasgow’s Commonwealth Games facilities are on-time and on-budget.

Raising the issue during First Minister’s Questions, John Mason, who represents the Dalmarnock and Parkhead area – where the Commonwealth Games will be held – asked Alex Salmond if the Commonwealth Games facilities are on time and on budget. The First Minister gave that assurance.

Mr Mason raised the issue after the Commonwealth Games Federation visited Glasgow check upon progress with just over 1000 days until the games open.

Commenting, SNP MSP for Glasgow Shettleston, John Mason, said:

“The report from CoCom is fantastic news which reinforces the hard work being done to deliver a fantastic event that will showcase Glasgow and Scotland to the world.

“The commission’s feedback will help shape the coming months and ensure what is needed to be done to make the event the best it can be is carried out.

“I welcome the progress of the Commonwealth Games so far. It is already clear from walking around the East End that the building work is coming along well. I myself recently visited the velodrome in Parkhead and was very impressed with the progress.

“The 2014 Commonwealth Games will be a real boost the economy in Glasgow and will hopefully provide an opportunity to leave a real lasting legacy for Dalmarnock and the wider East End.

“The Commonwealth Games – which is 80% funded by the SNP Government – is just the latest in a number of projects which will regenerate the East End. These capital projects come in addition to the recently completed M74 motorway extension and the new Edinburgh rail link via Airdrie, both of which were on time and on budget.

“This goes to show that, when the SNP wins, Glasgow wins”.