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Pioneering Go-Hi travel app launched by HiTrans receives new funding from Scottish Government

By Val Sweeney

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Councillor Allan Henderson, chairman of Hitrans, with the new app.
Councillor Allan Henderson, chairman of Hitrans, with the new app.

A pioneering transport accessibility app for the Highlands and Islands has received new funding from the Scottish Government.

The Go-Hi app, launched during the summer, provides instant access to information on buses, trains, taxis, car hire, car clubs, bicycle hire, air travel and ferries, allowing users to plan their journeys and find, book and pay for all modes of transport in one place.

The regional transport partnership, HiTrans, which is behind the project, has secured £408,772 in the second round of Transport Scotland’s Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) Investment Fund to expand Go-Hi.

It comes on top of the £445,170 received in round one.

In addition, HiTrans will deliver a range of complementary measures from EU projects with a value of about £2 million.

The Scottish Government’s Minister for Transport Graeme Dey looked at the app during a visit to Elgin where he also met project partners.

"It’s a great example of the Scottish Government working in partnership with local communities and private enterprise to develop the digital technology that allows the joining up of many transport modes, providing a one-stop transport shop for residents and visitors alike," he said.

HiTrans chairman, Councillor Allan Henderson, said the second tranche of government funding was a significant vote of confidence.

"The project will ensure we remain in the vanguard of innovation and the digitalisation of transport information," he said.

"Actions within the project will hugely improve accessibility of travel information and ease of payment for multiple modes of travel."

The additional funding extends the platform with several new transport partners including ProxiSmart who join current project partners the Institute of Transport Studies Leeds University, Enterprise Car Club and Car Hire, Bewegen, Brompton Bike Hire, Stagecoach Bus, West Coast Motors, Inverness Taxis, ScotRail, Loganair, Shotl, Skedgo, Orkney Ferries and Northlink Ferries.

Pioneering travel app launched in the Highlands

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