Travel in Scotland will become much more sustainable and greener after several bids in the country were successful in securing investment from the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF).
At a cost of £5.3 million, this second round of funding from the ERDF and Transport Scotland has seen a number of projects in the country win a share of the funding; successful bidders include a regional transport partnership and the end result will be greener and sustainable travel options.
Michael Matheson, Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity, believes the use of this funding outlines the Scottish government’s low carbon ambitions for its transport network.
He said: “I welcome these nine successful and innovative projects and I am extremely encouraged to see the growth in popularity of this fund. £3.67 million has been provided through the ERDF with another £1.65 million from the Scottish government to help realise more active travel and low carbon travel hubs across Scotland.
“A number of these projects will support our commitment made through the Programme for Government to phase out the need for new petrol and diesel cars by 2032.
“Our vision is that these exciting projects will help support more people to choose active travel and low carbon transport modes for their daily journeys.”
One of the winning bidders was Angus Council, who will now develop a low carbon electric vehicle charging hub, located adjacent to the A90 corridor, consisting of 28 new spaces with 18 charging points including some that are rapid units.
Both Dundee City Council and East Ayrshire Council will provide charging hubs for low emission vehicles, while the Orkney Islands will be able to create the Stromness Multi Modal Low Carbon and Active Transport Hub.
This initiative will provide a comprehensive combination of transport decarbonising options covering buses, cars, ferries and bicycles, supporting electric vehicles and reducing emissions.