Transport survey ordered
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A MAJOR new transport survey has been commissioned by the Highlands and Islands Development Board, It will concentrate on transport facilities to and from the mainland of the Highlands and Orkney. The study will be conducted by Jamieson, Mackay and Partners, transport consultants, of Glasgow and London. Their remit is to show present facilities provided by arterial transport, the use made of them, and to recommend improvement and fresh investment.
Mr Frank Spaven, head of the Board's planning and research division, said: "There's a number of reasons why this study is now advisable. A new roll-on roll-off ferry will soon be introduced on the crossing from Scrabster to Orkney, oilrelated traffic is expected to build up, there are problems of agricultural transport, and a study of the Dornoch Firth Bridge has just been completed.
"We will, of course, continue to consult local authorities and transport operators in the areas concerned during the course of the study. Before the final report is prepared we will convene a meeting to which local authority representatives will be invited."