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Sustainable Transport


Key activities

Benefits and impacts


Further Information

Theme: Partnership and Collaboration

scottish borders council
  • Establishment and consolidation of a partnership Strategic Transport Board to oversee co-ordination, commissioning and improvement of transport.
  • A Joint Transport Procurement Framework was been developed and implemented through which all partnership procured transport activity is and will be procured. Expected benefits include improvements in quality, greater supplier opportunities, improved supplier management market stimulation and financial efficiencies.
  • Implementation of Community Transport Hub, which co-ordinates all community transport activity in the Borders, provides a single point of contact for service users, maximises use of assets, supports and builds a volunteer base and provides a means of transport for people requiring access to social and health services. Significantly it helps tackle issues of isolation and contributes to early intervention and prevention.
  • Improvements to Bus and rail connectivity around the new Borders Railway connectivity to help maximise its economic and social impact.
  • Commissioned a feasibility study through Car Plus into the potential of establishing a Car Club in the Scottish Borders.
  • Co-ordinated and joined up partnership approach to transport provision
  • A Sustainable approach to transport that better meets the need of service users
  • Strengthened partnership working
  • Improved access to services
  • Reduced Carbon Footprint
  • Savings and Efficiencies

The meaningful involvement of community planning partners, including the third sector is vital to the success of an initiative like this. A “non-council” chair for the Board (CEO Berwickshire Housing Association) has also been important in re-enforcing the joint nature of the initiative.

Borders Community Transport Hub

Contact details:

To find out more about this case study, please contact:


Timothy Stephenson

Strategic Transport Services Manager

Scottish Borders Council

01835 825182

Case study added to site: June 2016

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