Green transport scheme launched in Scottish Highlands

A rural community in the Scottish Highlands has welcomed the launch of a new green transport scheme.

In a bid to reduce its transport carbon footprint, local Cairngorms charity the Badenoch and Strathspey Community Transport Company (BSCTC) is trialling an electric car.

People who have limited access to transport services benefit from the company, with volunteers picking them up from their homes and taking them out so that they can make use of local services.

However, the electric five-door Vauxhall Astra will enable workers to help locals while also reducing their transport carbon footprint.

The Scottish government's minister for community safety Fergus Ewing unveiled the green transport option at the Cairngorms National Park yesterday (November 16th).

"This is the first time I've driven an electric car and I'm very impressed with the work that's gone in from all partners involved," he said.

"We want Scotland to be at the forefront of building a sustainable low carbon economy of the future - to do that we need more great projects like this one in the Cairngorms."

Mr Ewing added that he hoped the green transport scheme would encourage other rural communities to consider new ways to reduce their transport carbon footprint.

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