It was announced on Wednesday 8 August that a second round of the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) Low Carbon Travel and Transport Challenge Fund has resulted in nine successful bids across Scotland. Just over £5.3mn from the European Regional Development Fund and Transport Scotland was awarded.
The projects include:
· The Stromness Multi Modal Low Carbon and Active Travel Hub
· The Multi-Storey EV Charging Hubs Scheme in Dundee
· The Irvine Valley Trails Project, and
· The Speyside Way Extension
The most northern project is the Stromness Multi Modal Low Carbon and Active Travel Hub on Orkney. It will use renewable energy to power the mainland ferry and other vessels when docked. Other elements will see the introduction of electric vehicle charge points for the local bus service and an increased number of electric bikes available near to the ferry terminal. Brian Archibald, Head of Marine Services, Engineering and Transport at Orkney Islands said: “I am delighted that this project to remove carbon from the ferry, bus and car transport modes in Stromness has been given recognition and generous financial support”.
Another of the projects looking to reduce carbon emissions is the Multi-storey EV Charging Hubs scheme in Dundee. This project includes the installation of 10 charging posts (each with two connectors) at three of Dundee’s multi-storey car parks. Each station will integrate solar canopies and battery storage to further increase the greenness of the project. With the battery storage system, Dundee City Council hope to focus on workplace charging during the day, and continuation of EV charging during the night to residents and nearby tenements.
Two projects also successful in securing the funding have taken an alternative approach to decarbonising the transport network through plans to develop non-vehicular trails. These solutions are the Irvine Valley Trails Project and the Speyside Way Extension, both looking at connecting towns, villages and communities together via ‘active’ travel routes. This will not only connect non-motorised travellers, but also has the potential to encourage current motorised travellers to consider alternative options to journey between communities.
With lots of small-scale innovations occurring across Scotland, Michael Matheson, Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity said: “I welcome these nine successful and innovative projects and I am extremely encouraged to see the growth and popularity of this fund”.