Rural Transport Convention

People from across Scotland came together to debate the challenges and opportunities presented by transport in rural areas at the Rural Transport Convention in Inverness on 11 and 12 of September.

Over a hundred delegates including people living in rural areas, representatives from the public and private sector and policy makers including Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity, Michael Matheson, gathered to discuss how transport can be improved and shaped to link up rural businesses and communities.

The convention will help to feed into the government’s new National Transport Strategy – the NTS2 – which will be published for public consultation next year, ensuring that a rural perspective is embedded into the way that Scotland’s transport systems are shaped.

Some of the presentations and workshops notes from the event are below:


Dr Mark Beecroft, University of Aberdeen – Innovation in Rural Transport: BEECROFT Innovation in Rural Transport

Graeme Beale, Scottish Government – The rural economy: The rural economy and transport

David Gray, Lift sharing: Better than public transport?: SRA Rural Transport Convention – David Gray

Dr Alastair McInroy, Transport Scotland – MaaS: 20180912_Rural Transport Convention

Jaci Douglas, CALA Childcare – Transport barriers for children and young people

Maggie Lawson, Badenoch and Strathspey Community Transport Company – Community Transport: BSCTC Power Point for 12th Sept 18



John Paddington, Conigital – New technology: Rural transport – Technology

John Paddington, Conigital – Tourism: Rural transport – Tourism

Alan Stevenson, SAOS – Food and drink: SAOS RTC Presentation Sept 18

Ian Fox, CalMac – Freight and logistics: Rural Transport Convention

Jill Davies, Out of the Box – Older people and travel: Rural Wisdom Project 12th September Workshop

Grieg Mackay, Bus Users Scotland – Bus Partnerships: Bus Users Scotland Presentation. Benefits of Bus Partnerships

Martin Higgitt, Martin Higgitt Associates – Active Travel: active travel inverness_20180912_issue

Tracy Savill, Transport Systems Catapult – Supply chain collaboration: 080918 Rural conference final

Jim Hume, National Rural Mental Health Forum – Meeting the needs of rural individuals: SRA TransportConf_NRMHF_06.09.18

Martin Higgitt, Martin Higgitt Associates – Rural MaaS: rural maas inverness_20180911_issue

Iain Skewis, Action with Impact – Tourism: Inverness update

Bus journey report (thanks George Mair!):



Maximising the benefits of new technology MaaS

Supporting a thriving and sustainable tourism industry

Meeting the needs of an ageing population – Outputs from Workshop – Rural Transport convention

Maximising the benefits of bus partnerships

Moving towards inclusive transport

Young People and transport

Maximising the benefits of new technology – Supply chain collaboration

Active travel and climate change – Rural Transport Convention 2018 – Workshop outputs

Workshop Outputs – Reaching customers: freight and logistics – 11092018

Emma Cooper


Emma joined SRA in 2014 and was our Chief Executive until February 2019. She is going to be touring in a mega motorhome so might be out of touch with us for a while.

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