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Highland Council-run buses could save toxic Inverness streets


By Alasdair Fraser


Councillor Ron MacWilliam believes a publicly-owned bus service could be the answer to city pollution problems.
Councillor Ron MacWilliam believes a publicly-owned bus service could be the answer to city pollution problems.

HIGHLAND Council is ready to explore the idea of creating its own green, publicly-owned bus company to tackle toxic fumes and traffic congestion in Inverness.

Fresh from last month's revelation that Academy Street is the fourth-worst polluted in Scotland according to figures from Friends of the Earth, the local authority is backing Councillor Ron MacWilliam's call to investigate a radical transformation in local transport.

The SNP member for Inverness Ness-side believes the move could take cars off our streets and "jolt" private bus firms into investing in better services.

As chairman of the Inverness Community Planning Partnership transport group, Cllr MacWilliam wrote to the council last year to push the idea.

If realised, it would see a fleet of low or zero-emission buses serve every part of the city and link with future park and ride schemes.

* Read the full story in the Inverness Courier.



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