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COUNCIL'S LOCAL TRANSPORT STRATEGY TO BE DEVELOPED BY ATKINS

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Atkins Transport Planning has been appointed by Scottish Borders Council to assist the council in developing its Lo...
Atkins Transport Planning has been appointed by Scottish Borders Council to assist the council in developing its Local Transport Strategy (LTS).

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.

The proposed re-introduction of the Waverley Rail Line from Edinburgh to Tweedbank in the Central Borders is a key transport project for the Scottish Borders and will have a significant influence on the development of this strategy. It will assist in tackling social exclusion by providing an effective public transport link to enable access to employment, education, health and leisure facilities. In addition, it will allow both the Borders and Midlothian to maximise their economic development opportunities.

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.'

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