Bid submitted to Transport Scotland for £55m public transport infrastructure boost

Farraline Park Bus Station in Inverness. Farraline Park Bus Station in Inverness.

A GBP55 million plan to transform public transport and active travel in the Highlands has been lodged with Transport Scotland. Highland Council, bus companies and “other stakeholders” have submitted the proposals, which seek to “prioritise buses in congested parts of the network”. The bid includes proposals to create park and ride sites around Inverness and Fort William, supported by priority bus lanes and junctions, as well as mini park and ride sites across the strategic road network.

Other unspecified improvements are also planned for Dingwall, alongside specific measures associated with tourists in Skye, Invergordon and Fort William. Highland Council believes it will “set the ambition for the region to dramatically tackle its carbon footprint by reducing dependence on private car” use, while also ensuring “fair access” for all to healthy transport choices. The chairwoman of Highland Council’s economy, development and infrastructure committee, Cllr Trish Robertson said: “The Bus Partnership Fund offers the Highlands the chance of significant investment towards a modern and multi-modal transport network.

“This funding would support our recovery from Covid-19 both through construction jobs and helping buses to become more efficient and recover from this sustained period of reduced patronage.

“If this bid is successful, it will give us a fantastic chance to work with partners to deliver major benefits for the region. “We look forward to working closely with Transport Scotland on the various proposals for the trunk road network, which are assets within their control but make up a significant part of the transport network in our villages, towns and the city of Inverness.” Related news: Work to start on development of new active travel link in Inverness

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