Rural Transport

Alan has wide and varied experience in rural transport issues, most of it gained in Scotland. Some relevant past projects are listed below;

Cairngorm National Park Transport Audit; Alan was project manager for an assessment of transport usage and issues in the Cairngorm National Park, aimed at identifying sustainable transport initiatives. The outputs were to feed into the National Park Plan. The work involved surveys of residents and visitors, analysis, and recommendations for action. (for Cairngorm National Park Authority)

Aberdeenshire Sustainable Access Study; Alan was project manager for a study of barriers to public transport use for travel to gateway settlements in this rural area of North-east Scotland. The study was informed by a programme of telephone interviews with a sample of residents. Based on the findings, outline proposals were made to increase confidence in, and use of, public transport. (for Aberdeenshire Council)

Review of supported transport, East Lothian; Alan was project manager for a strategic review of bus and other public transport services in this mainly rural area in SE Scotland, aimed at comparing levels of provision with peer authorities, and identifying the potential for improving services and/or reducing costs. (for East Lothian Council)

Best Value Bus Service Review  for Scottish Borders Council; Alan carried out a  review of bus services, aimed at comparing levels of provision with peer authorities, and identifying the potential for improving services without incurring extra cost. He looked specifically at the potential for demand responsive transport.

East Lothian Public Transport Review; Alan managed a wide-ranging review of public transport services and future options in East Lothian, aimed at aligning future development with Council strategy.

Snowdonia transport study; Alan provided specialist public transport input to a study aimed at improving the “Snowdon Sherpa” service within the Snowdonia National Park, as part of a strategy to encourage Park and Ride within the park. (for Gwynedd and Conwy Councils)

Hadrians Wall transport study; Alan provided specialist bus operations input to this study, aimed at encouraging more visitors to Hadrians Wall to travel by sustainable transport modes. (for One North-East)

Glenshee Ski Bus study; Alan carried out a feasibility study for a winter bus service to serve the Glenshee Ski Centre. This involved demand estimation, stakeholder consultation, service design and appraisal and cost estimation. (for Perth and Kinross Council and Others)

Badenoch & Strathspey Accessibility Study, and Caithness & Sutherland Community Transport Study; Alan was principal contributor to both these studies, which quantified the unmet transport needs of communities in the these areas. The studies included an examination of social service and education transport, and the possibilities for co-ordination of these with each other and with public transport services. The recommendations covered a broad range of policy, management and other issues. (for Highland Councils)

Bus Route Development Grant (Kick-start) bids, Scottish Borders and Midlothian

In addition to the above, a large part of Alan’s work on the Scottish Bus Group Market Analysis Project was in relation to rural parts of North-east and Central Scotland.