Tuesday, 12 January 2016

Petition for Scotland/South West Cross Country Sleeper Service

Michael Johns-Perring has created a petition asking for the creation of a sleeper service between Edinburgh and the South West - he is seeking support “I have created the petition as a Westcountryman (a Devonian, but please don't hold that against me!) who is currently living in Edinburgh. I think a sleeper service that went from Edinburgh (and further north) to Penzance would be a real winner!”

Wording: There are sleeper services between London and Scotland, and London and the South West. We call for a sleeper service to serve the Cross Country route between Scotland and the South West. This would have economic, social and environmental benefits.

To sign log in here: https://petition.parliament.uk/petitions/116899
It is an idea that deserves serious consideration!

Isles of Scilly Travel Initiative

A new group has formed to pursue improved travel options for the Isles of Scilly. Their web site is at www.scillytravel.co.uk. They are asking interested persons to contact them (there is an email enquiry form on the website)

This new initiative is not a FRIST inspired initiative although it is welcomed by FRIST and a member of the FRIST Advisory Group is meetings with the founders of the initiative in the near future.

The text below is taken directly from the new website….

The Isles of Scilly travel initiative is being established with the aim of improving travel options to and from the Isles of Scilly. We are looking for people to join us in this venture.

A key objective is to establish a second operator. Doing this will drive healthy competition, adding to the sea and air routes that are available today.

Between now and May 2016, we are gathering information and seeking expressions of interest from anyone who might want to become involved with this venture. We are keen to hear from you, whether you are a traveller with ideas; someone with relevant expertise; or a potential investor. We promise that no correspondence, attributable data or information that you share with us will be disclosed to any other party or published without your express permission.

We are also investigating the best way to structure and fund this venture and aim to take advantage of schemes that allow small businesses and community ventures to offer tax-efficient investments. Alongside this, crowd-funding offers the possibility that ownership and control can be widely distributed.

We do not intend to offer any travel services during 2016, so please book your travel with your usual provider, and we wish you a pleasant journey.

Saturday, 2 January 2016

Islanders (in Scotland) to receive 50% discount on air fares

From the BBC 1 Jan 2016.  Islanders will now be eligible for a 50% discount on air fares - an increase of 10% to the previous Air Discount Scheme (ADS).  The scheme will be available for residents of Caithness and north-west Sutherland, Colonsay, Islay, Jura, Orkney, Shetland and the Western Isles.
Ministers said the increased discount is to allow the remote communities to make "lifeline connections".

The discount will apply to all tickets booked on or after 1 January.

It is also available to students who study away from home, volunteers and employees of third sector organisations.

Minister for Transport and the Islands, Derek Mackay, announced earlier in 2015 that the scheme would be extended until 2019.

Read the full BBC news item here