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Hitrans launches all-in-one Highland travel info app by teaming up with Stagecoach for free offer

By Philip Murray

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The app offers information on all forms of transport in the Highlands.
The app offers information on all forms of transport in the Highlands.

FREE bus travel between the new Inverness Airport railway station and the airport’s terminal for a year is being offered to Highlanders.

The offer, which is likely to prove enticing for frequent flyers, is being given to anyone in the region who downloads a new one-stop app designed to make planning and booking travel information in the Highlands simpler for all.

The new GO-HI app is the brainchild of the region’s travel partnership HiTrans. It says it will provide instant access to information on all manner of public transport information in the region –from buses, trains and taxis to car clubs, bike hire and more.

Ranald Robertson, director of HiTrans, said: “With support from the Scottish Government though the MaaS [Mobility as a Service] Investment fund, we have been developing the app for two years and are now ready for a major push for our residents to take advantage of its many significant benefits, such as providing a wide range of transport information and booking services to residents, tourists and business travellers.

“It provides instant access to information on buses, trains, taxis, car hire, car clubs, bicycle hire, air travel and ferries and this allows users to plan their journeys and find, book and pay for all modes of transport in one place using any iPhone or Android mobile device.

“I commend it to everyone in our region where travel is so important.”

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HiTrans has now teamed up with Stagecoach to help mark the app’s launch by providing the airport shuttle travel offer as a thank-you to those who download it.

“We are delighted to be working with Stagecoach on this initiative that will allow anyone who can show they have downloaded the GO-HI app to travel at no cost on the Stagecoach bus between Inverness Airport Terminal and Inverness Airport Rail Station,” Mr Robertson added.

Scotland’s transport minister Kevin Stewart said: “I’m pleased to see how HiTrans and Stagecoach have been working together to help people travel sustainably using the GO-HI app.

“It’s a great way to help people easily access accurate and reliable travel information, which empowers them to consider using alternative ways to travel, leaving their cars at home – all of which helps to reduce our carbon emissions.”

Des Bradley, ScotRail’s transport integration manager, said: “The opening of the new station marked a huge step in improving transport links to Inverness Airport by rail from across the region.

“The offer of free bus transfer between station and terminal makes access by public transport even easier, and ScotRail is delighted to support this initiative.”

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