WATCH: Roddick calls for rail improvements across the Highlands

MSP for the Highlands and Islands Emma Roddick has called for due attention to be paid to the Highlands in the process of improving rail services across Scotland. Roddick hailed the Scottish Government’s plans to take ScotRail into public ownership, saying it “provides us with a massive opportunity to get things right” but expressed herContinue reading “WATCH: Roddick calls for rail improvements across the Highlands”

Roddick supports call for tighter controls on speeding vehicles on NC500

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick has voiced support for further measures to combat speeding drivers on the North Coast 500. Roddick said: “Speeding drivers are a huge concern for residents of the towns and villages the NC500 passes through. The route is often narrow with many twists and turns, and it’s very easy forContinue reading “Roddick supports call for tighter controls on speeding vehicles on NC500”

Emma Roddick MSP welcomes talks on HIAL remote tower plans

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick has welcomed renewed talks over HIAL’s proposed remote tower. Following strike action and pressure from Roddick, HIAL are engaging in talks with Prospect over a possible alternate method of delivery. Speaking on the move, Roddick said: “I am happy to see further talks regarding the planned modernisation of HIALContinue reading “Emma Roddick MSP welcomes talks on HIAL remote tower plans”

Roddick asks Scottish Government about ferry investment

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick has asked the Scottish Government how much investment Scottish ferry services have seen since 2007, and how additional funds will be allocated to the region. Speaking in Parliament, Roddick asked the Transport Minister, Graeme Dey, for figures amid concerns that ferry services do not provide sufficient capacity for passengers.Continue reading “Roddick asks Scottish Government about ferry investment”

Roddick makes call in Scottish Parliament for HIAL to reconsider air traffic management scheme

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick has asked First Minister Nicola Sturgeon for assurances regarding job losses at HIAL owned airports if their proposals to centralise air traffic control go ahead at today’s First Minister’s Questions. Roddick said: “I am concerned by HIAL’s plans. By their own estimates, the project will see the loss ofContinue reading “Roddick makes call in Scottish Parliament for HIAL to reconsider air traffic management scheme”

Roddick asks Scottish Government how local authorities can support parking ban

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick has questioned Transport Minister Graeme Dey over the incoming ban on parking on pavements and public walkways. Roddick asked the Transport Minister for suggestions on how communities and local authorities can encourage more appropriate use of pavements prior to the ban coming into force. Discussing the issue, Roddick said:Continue reading “Roddick asks Scottish Government how local authorities can support parking ban”

Highland MSP demands improvements to Highland rail infrastructure

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick has today asked the First Minister, Nicola Sturgeon, to ensure that the transport needs of the Highlands will not be overlooked in the Greens’ deal. Roddick is pushing for the doubling of the Highland Main Line alongside the Inverness to Aberdeen line. Speaking remotely this afternoon, Roddick stated thatContinue reading “Highland MSP demands improvements to Highland rail infrastructure”

“No excuse for lower quality trains” says Roddick

Emma Roddick, MSP for the Highlands and Islands, expressed frustration at ScotRail’s proposals for inter-city rail travel to the north of Scotland. The proposals – announced this week as part of ScotRail’s ‘Fit for the Future’ plan – propose to continue to use class 170 instead of High Speed Trains between Inverness, Aberdeen and theContinue reading ““No excuse for lower quality trains” says Roddick”