Atkins will assist the council in policy development, stakeholder consultation and compliance with Scottish Transport Appraisal Guidance (STAG). Atkins Environment will also be carrying out the scoping element of a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) which will identify the potential environmental impact of the transport strategy.
Andy Lightowler, Atkins transport planning business manager, said:
'We are very pleased to be assisting Scottish Borders Council at a time when there are lots of new policy initiatives taking place in Scotland, such as the development of a national delivery agency (Transport Scotland) and the initiation of statutory regional transport partnerships. We are confident that our experience in developing transport policy throughout Scotland and the UK will be extremely useful in helping to develop a local transport strategy for Scottish Borders Council that enables them to deliver on national targets and objectives at a local level.'