Roddick welcomes launch of free bus travel scheme for under 22’s

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick has welcomed the opening of the application process for the Young Persons’ Free Bus Travel Scheme. From today, all young people and children aged 5 to 21 are entitled to apply for their new or replacement National Entitlement Card (NEC) or Young Scot NEC to free bus travel acrossContinue reading “Roddick welcomes launch of free bus travel scheme for under 22’s”

Emma Roddick MSP promotes freight transport by rail

Emma Roddick MSP has emphasised the importance of promoting freight by rail in parliament today, questioning the Scottish Government on whether this had been fully considered in the development of the second phase of Strategic Transport Projects Review 2 (STPR2) which determines which transport projects in Scotland will be prioritised for funding. Roddick has beenContinue reading “Emma Roddick MSP promotes freight transport by rail”

Roddick: ‘Boris bridge’ money should pay for Shetland’s fixed links

SNP MSP Emma Roddick has called on the Tory UK Government to make good on the money Scotland and Northern Ireland are owed as their share of the £20 billion from Boris Johnson’s ill-fated plan to build a bridge to Northern Ireland. The project – promoted by Boris Johnson – was costed at £20 billion,Continue reading “Roddick: ‘Boris bridge’ money should pay for Shetland’s fixed links”

Local MSP pushes for inter-island ferry fares to be included in free bus travel

Highlands and Islands MSP Emma Roddick has expressed her support for including inter-island ferry fares in the planned rollout of free bus travel for under-22s. Roddick said: “I am supportive of the free bus travel scheme expanding to include inter-island ferries and have previously written to the minister to pursue this. “On our islands, aContinue reading “Local MSP pushes for inter-island ferry fares to be included in free bus travel”

Emma Roddick MSP “delighted” with positive developments regarding the future of Highland and Islands airports

Emma Roddick MSP is pleased with the announcement made today, the 25th of October, regarding a ‘Framework for discussion’ being reached in the Highlands and Islands air traffic control dispute. Roddick said: “I am delighted to hear that Prospect and HIAL have been able to come to an agreement regarding the future of the airportsContinue reading “Emma Roddick MSP “delighted” with positive developments regarding the future of Highland and Islands airports”

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”