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Local authority project wins at national awards


By Kyle Ritchie


Aberdeenshire Council’s work to promote sustainability in transportation has been recognised at the Transport Times Scottish Transport Awards.

The Integrated Travel Towns Masterplan approach took the award in the Excellence in Walking, Public Realm and Cycling category at the annual awards event earlier this month.

The local authority has been working to improve travel opportunities in its towns by taking a focused approach to delivering the right infrastructure in the right place for the right group of people.

BBC News special correspondent James Naughtie presents Aberdeenshire Council transportation strategy development officer Claire Maycock and chief executive of Greener Journeys Claire Haigh with the award.
BBC News special correspondent James Naughtie presents Aberdeenshire Council transportation strategy development officer Claire Maycock and chief executive of Greener Journeys Claire Haigh with the award.

Towns which are designated as Integrated Travel Towns (ITTs) benefit through seeing work and funds concentrated on their development over a five-year period with community involvement at its heart.

Chairman of the council’s infrastructure services committee, Peter Argyle, said: “It’s fantastic that Aberdeenshire’s commitment to active travel through the work of the Integrated Travel Town project is being recognised with a national award.

“Promoting active lifestyles is one of the key priorities of the council and the ITTs are a significant part of achieving this objective.”

People can learn more about Integrated Travel Towns on the transportation section of the council’s website: http://bit.ly/ITTshire

Committee vice-chairman, John Cox, said: “Aberdeenshire is regularly shortlisted for the good work carried out on transportation projects and I’m pleased to see the work on the ITTs being recognised at the Scottish Transport Awards, given the difference it is making to our communities.”



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