Highland review

Engineering consultancy WS Atkins has been commissioned by the Highlands and Islands Transport Partnership to carry out a review of transport services in the Scottish Highlands, Orkney, Shetland and the Hebrides.

Engineering consultancy WS Atkins has been commissioned by the Highlands and Islands Transport Partnership (HITRANS) to carry out a review of transport services in the ScottishHighlands, Orkney, Shetland and the Hebrides.


The independent review is being undertaken as part of the changing policy of Regional Transport Partnerships in Scotland, which highlights the need for a more effective delivery of the Regional Transport Strategy.


As part of the review, Atkins will assess the challenges facing various types of transport serving the region and whether there is a case for improvement.


Atkins will also look at case studies of transport systems delivered elsewhere in the UK and Europe.


Dave Duthie, HITRANS director, said: ‘Transport planning and delivery across the highlands and islands is carried out by a range of national, regional and local authorities and agencies.


‘These arrangements have secured a range of positive benefits for communities across the region in recent years.


‘However, with the government’s approval of the Regional Transport Strategy, it is the right time to assess whether the same arrangements will be the most effective and efficient in delivering the key interventions and service improvements that the highlands and islands need to support economic development, tackle social exclusion and address the challenges we all face in tackling climate change.’


Jonathan Spear, director at Atkins, added: ‘Atkins has developed a range of recent experience across the UK in reviewing transport institutions and governance arrangements.


‘We are delighted to be commissioned to apply our thinking to the highlands and islands and look forward to engaging with all stakeholders at national, regional and local level on the most effective way forward.’


The findings of the review will be reported to the HITRANS board in September.