Friday, 3 September 2010

Gibson calls for integrated transport solution to Inverness bottleneck

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Friday 3rd September 2010

Highlands and Islands SNP MSP Rob Gibson has written to the Highland Council and Stagecoach following a number of constituents raising concerns over the Invergordon to Inverness bus service.
On several occasions residents commuting from their jobs in the evening have been reporting to their Highland MSP that they are unable to use the bus service due to large volumes of cruise ship tourists filling the seats.
Commenting on the situation, Rob Gibson said:
"Stage Coach and Highland Council need to investigate options for a more integrated transport approach which would allow the very welcome numbers of tourists easy access to Inverness, while at the same time allow for minimal disruption to local residents.
"A number of people have now contacted me regarding this problem, on several occasions they have been unable to use the regular bus service to get home from work without an extremely long wait. I have personally seen queues for transport which needed much more than one bus to cope
"Cruise ship tourism is vital to the area but we need an approach which will not have such a negative impact on the daily lives of local people. I have now written to both Stagecoach and Highland Council pressing for answers to how they will solve this problem."

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