Funding for infrastructure improvement comes from local authorities road /highways departments, public and private forest owners and, in Scotland, from the Scottish Government’s Strategic Timber Transport Fund (STTF). The STTF also supports timber transport officer posts, the Timberlink coastal shipping service and other intermodal projects.
The STTF is managed and administered by Forestry Commission Scotland with assistance from the Timber Transport Forum. It has disbursed over £22m to around 100 projects since 2005. Details of available funding together with reports and case studies can be found on the Forestry Commission Scotland website.
In Wales the Tywi Forest Timber Transport Forum received funding and resources from Natural Resources Wales, Carmarthenshire County Council and in-kind contributions from the private sector to take forward infrastructure improvement projects.
In the north of England the timber transport groups are engaged with the Roots to Prosperity action plan and looking to identify sources of funding to address constraints and pinch points in the local road network.