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!): https://getonboardwithbus.scot/