Green transport summit: Dumfries

Delegates from around Scotland will converge on Dumfries to discuss the success of green energy transport options in the town.

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Dumfries green transport scheme

A scheme called Go Smart Dumfries is a multi million pound partnership to persuade residents and visitors to the town to reduce their car use in favour of more sustainable ways of getting about.

It's one of seven sustainable travel projects across the whole of Scotland. A conference has been held to explain how people can make the most of the town's greener travel projects.

Andy Burn reports.

Sustainable transport under spotlight

A number of delegates from all over Scotland will arrive in Dumfries to discuss the town's green transport options. £5 million has been spent trying to get the towns folk out of their cars and using sustainable transport.

Recently the council were criticised for their bicycle scheme which cost £155,000 but had an uptake of less than 20 people a week.

The event, which has been organised by Dumfries and Galloway council, will centre on three key questions:

  • Is the green message still effective?
  • Should we promote more selfish benefits of using sustainable transport?
  • Is the credit crunch making sustainability more people?

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