Get on board for first rural transport conference

Bus outside Galashiels Transport Interchange

Published: Friday, 31st May 2019

Community groups and individuals are invited to the first rural transport event of its kind to be held in the Scottish Borders.

The Fit for 2024 rural transport conference will take place on Friday 28 June at our Headquarters in Newtown St Boswells, from 10am to 1.30pm.

Your views on the future of rural transport

A wide range of speakers from across the country will be available to share their experiences, while there will also be an opportunity for community groups and members of the public to provide their thoughts on the future of rural transport in the area.

The summit is part of our new Fit for 2024 programme, which aims to enhance community engagement, participation and empowerment as part of a transformation to ensure the Council is in the best shape to meet future challenges.

Speakers include:

  • John Taylor, leading community transport practitioner from the TAS Partnership – how to create flexible and innovative solutions for community transport
  • Sharon Morrison, Commercial Manager at Borders Buses – the challenges of running a rural bus network and their use of the latest technology
  • Rab Jeffrey on the successful Bo’ness Community Bus project
  • West Linton Community Council on its taxi card scheme
  • Kathy Cremin, BAVS/Berwickshire Wheels Community Transport –the role played by community transport
  • Officers from Scottish Borders Council on transport planning, new E-Car Club scheme and the role of the new South of Scotland Economic Partnership

Book your place

To book to your place, please email [email protected] by 3.45pm on Friday 21 June.

Lunch will be provided.

Councillor Gordon Edgar, Executive Member for Roads and Infrastructure

“We have a fantastic range of speakers lined up to share their experiences of rural transport and the challenges and opportunities it presents.

“As part of the Fit for 2024 transformational programme, we are seeking to engage further with our residents and communities, as we reshape how we go about our business.

“Rural transport is such a key issue in the Scottish Borders, which is why we hope as many community groups and individuals can attend the conference and contribute to help shape the future.”