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Transport boost for rural areas
A rural croft
The cash will be used to develop rural transport schemes
Rural areas across Scotland have received a 1m funding boost to improve transport links.

Transport Minister Tavish Scott unveiled the cash package to help remote communities with no access to regular public transport services.

Mr Scott said affordable transport services were vital to the quality of life of everyone in rural Scotland.

A total of 11 projects, from the Highlands to the Borders region, will benefit from the windfall.

Mr Scott said: "If you live in a town or city, it is easy to take the bus or train for granted. But for Scotland's remote communities, it is often a different story. This has got to change.

"There is no one size fits all approach, and imaginative local projects are the answer to the complex problem of providing transport in remote rural communities.

Bringing benefits

"This devolved government will support those projects. That is why by the end of 2006, 70% of the 1.5bn we spend on transport will go towards improving public transport, bringing benefits to people up and down the country."

Leverburgh Village Hall in the Western Isles will receive 36,000 to replace their current minibus and to employ a part-time co-ordinator to manage the vehicle's usage.

Morvern Community Transport Association in Highlands will receive 63,000 to replace their community minibus and employ a part-time co-ordinator.

Berwickshire Association for Voluntary Service in the Borders will receive 15,000 to buy a small wheelchair accessible vehicle to accommodate an increase in single-user bookings.

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