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Rural Freight Survey

Please spare FIVE MINUTES to respond to this survey to tell us about your experience of freight transport in rural Scotland.
https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SL8L7J3
Transport Scotland’s Scottish Freight & Logistics Advisory Group (ScotFLAG) has set up a rural subgroup to review the degree to which the current, mainland transport infrastructure (road, rail & sea) meets the freight  transport needs of rural business and industry. The group wants to understand the freight transport challenges faced by rural business and industry, and identify what can be done to support meeting these challenges.    They hope to feedback the evidence gathered into the review of the National Transport Strategy which is currently underway.  This is a rare focus on rural freight issues so please respond. Any information provided will be amalgamated to protect confidentiality. 

Lorries on rural roads

They don’t always get good press but they are vital to our economy. Rural Scotland hosts 28,000 businesses many of them in freight-using sectors like forestry, farming and fishing as well as quarrying, construction, renewables, manufacturing, wholesale and retail.   If rural businesses are to prosper and grow they need efficient reliable freight transport, while sharing the road space safely with those living, working and visiting rural Scotland.
A little background perhaps: Scotland is served by 3100km of trunk road managed by the Scottish Government but the vast majority of roads are managed by councils.  Rural councils manage 6700km of A road and 38,000km of minor roads (B, C and unclassified roads) many of which are single track roads with few passing places.   These are the roads that reach into our land resource, follow our coasts, provide access to rail and ports, and serve rural businesses, communities and visitors.  They are also assets that require maintenance and investment in order to remain fit for purpose.
Transport Scotland’s Scottish Freight & Logistics Advisory Group (ScotFLAG) has set up a rural subgroup to review the degree to which the current, mainland transport infrastructure meets the freight  transport needs of rural business and industry. The group wants to understand the freight transport challenges and identify what can be done to support rural business and industry in meeting these challenges.    They hope to feedback the evidence gathered into the review of the National Transport Strategy which is currently underway.
The group has representatives from rural sectors including whisky, farming, forestry, estate management and minerals.  The road haulage sector are key partners and the group is consulting with various other sectors and road-using groups.
The ScotFLAG Rural Subgroup group is still at the information-gathering stage and would welcome your thoughts and experience.  If rural freight is important to you, your business or your community please take five minutes to complete this short survey.

https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/SL8L7J3

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