At today’s meeting of Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, Comhairle nan Eilean Siar Members committed to protecting front line transport services in partnership with the communities of the Western Isles in the context of service redesign.
Operators were asked to tender for nine transport options, a number of which were left to them to redesign. The outcome of this process identified 5 options which were subject to a process of Community Conversation and online consultation.
The outcomes of these Conversations were subject to Equality and Fairer Scotland Assessments which were informed by the outcome of the consultation process.
At today’s Transportation and Infrastructure Committee, the Comhairle, sympathetic to the views of communities, opted for option 4, which provided the minimal reduction in services whilst approving an increase in the Community Transport Fund in order to allow capacity for bespoke solutions for areas of particular need.
Cllr Uisdean Robertson, Chairman of Transportation and Infrastructure, said: “The Comhairle has been listening to our communities over recent months and has chosen an option which we believe will best address the communities’ transport needs whilst also realising the necessary savings.
“Through the Community Transport Fund, we will continue working with communities to ensure bespoke solutions for those areas with greatest needs. Community Conversations will continue to ascertain the main priorities for services whilst meeting the financial targets the Comhairle has agreed.”