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6/10/2024 - Deadline looms for RTS consultation


HITRANS, the Regional Transport Partnership for the Highlands and Islands, are advising the public they have until Friday (14 June) to respond to their new draft Regional Transport Strategy (RTS) which sets out a 20-year vision for transport improvements in the Highlands, Moray, Western Isles, Orkney and the Argyll and Bute local authority areas.

The statutory eight-week consultation period, which began on Friday 19 April, invites  comment on the strategy and associated policies by completing a survey on the material provided HITRANS Regional Transport Strategy (

The Draft RTS has identified 11 themes with each containing a set of policies to address the transport challenges and problems in the Highlands and Islands. The final document will provide the strategic framework for the development of transport in the region. It is necessarily a comprehensive document which must be relevant to both immediate issues but also those medium to longer term challenges that will take many years to address. 

Following the review of the public consultation, HITRANS will seek Ministerial approval of the finalised Regional Transport Strategy, at which point they will also publish a Delivery Plan that will set out their priorities for implementing the Strategy. The Delivery Plan will be updated regularly, providing an opportunity to reset or realign priorities to the changing political, social, environmental and economic landscape. 

An online StoryMap sets out an overview of the RTS development process; a summary of the RTS vision and strategy objectives, themes and policies; the draft RTS and supporting documents and a survey on the material presented.  

Hard copies of the documentation can be inspected or are available from HITRANS Office, Inverness Town House, 1 High Street, Inverness  IV11JJ.




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