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By Fiona Reid
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Timber fund to open for bids

LANDOWNERS and the council are being encouraged to work up their timber transport projects to be in with a chance of funding.

Winning proposals that minimise the impact of timber lorries on Scotland’s rural communities and road network will receive a cash boost from the Strategic Timber Transport Fund (STTF).

The awards mostly address improvements to minor fragile roads but will also look to support measures that help decarbonise timber transport, including the promotion of projects that transport timber by sea or rail, supporting the drive to meet Scotland’s net-zero targets

Environment Minister Màiri McAllan said: “Over the past 15 years, nearly £60 million has helped to deliver 292 timber transport projects through the Strategic Timber Transport Fund.

“We will be able to fund next year’s budget and subject to Parliamentary approval, intend to allocate £7 million towards the fund.

“We need to ensure that the right infrastructure is in place so that timber supplies can reach their markets. But we need to do this in a way that minimises disruption to rural communities and supports Scotland’s ambitions to reach Net Zero.”

The STTF is part funded by Transport Scotland and managed by Scottish Forestry.

Much of the STTF goes towards work on minor B, C class and Unclassified roads.

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