Transport Feasibility Study

Rural communities face huge challenges when it comes to transport. Soirbheas the community charity for Glen Urquhart and Strathglass is leading the exploration of solutions for the area.

Urban Foresight has been engaged to undertake a transport feasibility study covering the Glen Urquhart/Strathglass area on behalf of the Charity. The project develops actions identified in the Local Energy Plan (LEP) for Drumnadrochit, such as a number of low carbon transport solutions.  The study has secured CARES funding as well as support from The Highland Council.

The study will aim to identify the viability of different transport options with a view to improving the transport provision for both residents and visitors to the area. Urban Foresight are appraising these options to inform Soirbheas of the associated benefits, challenges and costs. “Affordable, sustainable mobility is key to the flourishing of rural communities. We are pleased to be working with Soirbheas to find transport solutions for the communities of Glen Urquhart and Strathglass” said Paul Blakeman, Head of innovation at Urban Foresight.

Three surveys have been designed to capture residents’, young peoples’ and visitors’ views on the challenges and opportunities surrounding the local transport provision. The surveys are open until end of July; please visit the Soirbheas website for more information www.soirbheas.org.  Residents and visitors of all ages are encouraged to complete a survey. A community consultation event will take place on Wednesday 28th August (location to be confirmed) to gain feedback on the proposed measures. This event will capture residents’ opinions on how the project should move forward and identify which options should be developed.

Carol Masheter, Soirbheas Community Development Officer at Soirbheas says “We hope that the study will identify solutions and new partnerships to help address transport issues across our rural communities. As a local funder we are keen to ensure the charity’s funds are deployed in the most effective and sustainable way with the maximum impact.”

“Transport plays a significant role in ensuring rural communities have access to facilities and services. It is also important in helping to provide a range of activities to reduce social exclusion. Highland Council work closely with community groups to identify transport solutions for all rural communities.” said Ali MacDonald, Highland Council.

To take part in the survey follow the links below: