Scottish Rural & Islands Transport Community Gathering 2022

The Scottish Rural and Island Transport Community (SRITC) are hosting a conference on September the 14th and 15th to address the immediate challenges facing the users and operators of Scotland’s rural and islands transport services.

Paths for All’s new £1.5 million Ian Findlay Path Fund for accessible communities will enable more people to walk, wheel or cycle for their everyday journeys to improve air quality, reduce CO2 emissions and improve physical health and mental wellbeing.

LNER’s annual £500,000 Customer and Community Investment Fund (CCIF) is now open for their next round of funding.  

The CCIF supports charities, their customers and the communities of their routes, focusing on the causes that are of key importance to them.

Rural Mobility - Virtual Cafe

The event will shine a light on how the deployment of digital connectivity infrastructure on the ground and in the sky is accelerating the development of rural and islands mobility services. 

From 4G & 5G to LoRaWAN, IoT and Satellites, there are an increasing number of digital connectivity solutions that can connect people, places, parcels and vehicles together in real time. 

SRITC Open Cafe & Chat

With no fixed agenda and no presentations, the SRITC Open Cafes are an opportunity to just turn up and chat about whatever rural mobility issues and ideas are on your mind.

From a social standpoint, the cafes are a chance to catch up with old friends and make some new ones as well.

Could Community-led transport be a form of community wealth building? The blog published by Scottish Rural Action explores what solutions and opportunities it can bring to the local communities.

The Scottish Government has announced a £4 million funding package to help improve infrastructure on Scotland’s islands.  

The capital investment will be allocated to the six island local authorities to fund the improvement, creation or safeguarding of locally developed infrastructure projects.

The Scottish Government are running a series of workshops to consult with the local residents on the Islands Bond fund aimed at retention of residents and promotion of Scottish islands as a great place to live.

Visit Scotland are opening a new fund to support businesses which were impacted by the Omicron variant but not eligible for previous funding rounds in 2021. 

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