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Which routes will offer free bus travel in the Highlands next week?

By Val Sweeney

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Free bus travel will be available for a week on routes in the Inverness area.
Free bus travel will be available for a week on routes in the Inverness area.

A week of free bus travel is being offered across the Inverness and Dingwall areas from Monday.

Instead of paying, passengers will be able to hop on board buses on the Inverness Electric City Bus Network (services 1 to 9) for free.

It is being made available in a link-up between Stagecoach and Highland Council.

The free travel, which runs until Sunday November 26, covers a range of routes in the Inverness, Nairn, Beauly and Dingwall areas:

302 Foyers - Inverness

14 Whitebridge - Inverness

312 Fort Augustus - Glen Urquhart High School

44 Tomich - Strathglass - Dingwall

46 Beauly - Marybank - Inverness

48 Tomich - Strathglass - Inverness

252 Cawdor - Nairn Academy - Cawdor Primary School

251 Nairn town service

404 Culbokie - Dingwall Academy

105 Milton of Leys - Millburn Academy

313 Drumnadrochit - Inverness

Passengers who have a free U22, 60-plus or disabled concessionary bus pass should use their pass as normal to travel.

Chairman of Highland Council’s economy and infrastructure committee, Councillor Ken Gowans, said the rollout of the new buses was putting Inverness on the map as the first city in Scotland towards having a fully electric bus network.

He added the project would help residents and visitors experience journeys on the buses with the aim of bringing more people in to the city centre by a sustainable travel mode.

The initiative is being supported through Smarter Choices, Smarter Places (SCSP) funding, which is aimed at encouraging more people to reduce their car use in favour of more sustainable alternatives such as walking, cycling and public transport.

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