Outer Hebrides Local Transport Strategy

We Asked

For views on the aspirations and priorities within the proposed Outer Hebrides Local Transport Strategy (LTS). Summary and full versions of the draft Local Transport Strategy were provided, and comments were invited in response to the following questions:

  • What are your transport priorities as an individual, or for your family, business, organisation or community?
  • Do you agree with the priorities in the strategy?
    • A safe Outer Hebrides
    • An active Outer Hebrides with environmental protection embedded
    • Decarbonise transport
    • An inclusive Outer Hebrides
    • A quality place and places, well connected to aid prosperity
  • Do you agree with the list of actions that have been prioritised in the strategy?
  • Is anything missing? Is there anything you feel should not be a priority?

You Said

There were 10 responses to the consultation, of which 5 were from individual residents across the islands, particularly the southern isles.  Other respondents included: HITRANS, Western Isles Advocacy ‘Speak Out’ Group, Voluntary Action Barra & Vatersay, Historic Environment Scotland, and Nature Scot.  Broad support for the strategic priorities was expressed.  The main comments related to the prioritisation of actions, along with additional emphasis on areas which already featured within the strategy such as low carbon, access to public transport and protected space for active travel.  There were a number of comments around the need for greater priority to be given to the limitations of ferry connections experienced by Barra residents.   

We Did

Of the Key Themes: We Did

Responses were collated and analysed and used to inform the preparation of the final version of the Local Transport Strategy.  Substantive changes either to narrative or actions made as a result of the consultation were:

  • Importance of public transport to people with disabilities was highlighted, along with transport poverty experienced by people with disabilities as a result of additional costs of transport when people need to travel with a carer.
  • More detail about the limitations of the Barra crossing and vessel and the need for a new vessel on the Barra crossing was moved from ‘medium’ to ‘high’ priority.
  • Greater clarification that the Local Transport Strategy was not advocating that there could / should not be protected space for cyclists and walkers pursued in the islands.
  • Reference made to the importance of infrastructure such as bus shelters to support public transport.

Of the Key Themes: We Did Not Do

Some of the points made by respondents emphasised areas which were already within the LTS – for example, the importance of good onward transport connections, or the need to move to low carbon transport solutions.  A couple of comments were outwith the scope of the LTS, for example, suggestions on specific bus shelters required or proposals for a particular cycle route. These were, however, passed on to the relevant section within the Comhairle.

The final version of the Outer Hebrides LTS 2020-2030 was published in March 2021 and is available from the link provided below.

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Overview

The Outer Hebrides Local Transport Strategy 2020-2030 is our vision for enhancing transport and travel throughout the area, and to key destinations beyond the area. Enhancing the transport network is a key driver for: improving the local economy, improving the environment, increasing social inclusion, and delivering health benefits for all residents and visitors of the Outer Hebrides.  The Strategy sets out the Comhairle’s policy on transport, presents Transport Planning Objectives and coordinates future priorities through a series of actions and interventions to enhance transport and travel.

This Local Transport Strategy (LTS) sets out the evidence base and policy framework that has informed its development. We have developed the LTS in dialogue with input from Comhairle officers and partners, using their experience and evidence of issues and opportunities to inform and devise the long list of LTS options. We have also scrutinised recent community consultations to inform our understanding of relevant issues and opportunities across the area.

Why We Are Consulting

We would like your views on the aspirations and priorities within the proposed Local Transport Strategy. You can help us do this by reviewing the draft Local Transport Strategy (summary and full versions available below) and by emailing your comments in response to the following questions to amurray@cne-siar.gov.uk (Opens in a new window or downloads a file)

  • What are your transport priorities as an individual, or for your family, business, organisation or community?
  • Do you agree with the priorities in the strategy?
    • A safe Outer Hebrides
    • An active Outer Hebrides with environmental protection embedded
    • Decarbonise transport
    • An inclusive Outer Hebrides
    • A quality place and places, well connected to aid prosperity
  • Do you agree with the list of actions that have been prioritised in the strategy?
  • Is anything missing? Is there anything you feel should not be a priority?

What Happens Next

The LTS will be reviewed and updated following the consultation exercise, and there will be further discussions with Transport Scotland, HITRANS and other relevant partners on the final version.  A Strategic Environmental Assessment screening exercise will be undertaken in early 2021. 

It is anticipated that the LTS will be published later in 2021. 

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