Highlands travel app gets further funding

A phone app making it easier to plan, book and pay for travel in the Highlands and islands is being extended with additional Scottish Government funding.

The app, launched in June, provides instant access to information on buses, trains, taxis, car hire, car clubs, bicycle hire, air travel and ferries.

It allows users to plan their journeys for all modes of transport on any iPhone or Android mobile device. The one-stop app also helps travellers make greater use of public transport, car sharing and cycling, reports the Press and Journal.

In addition, it provides information on locations for food and drink, cash machines and electric vehicle charging points.

Regional transport partnership Hitrans has now secured £408,772 from round two of Transport Scotland’s Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS) Investment Fund to further develop the app.

The initial six-month pilot project is now being extended for two years.

Hitrans chairman Councillor Allan Henderson sees the new funding as a significant vote of confidence in the project.

He said: “This is great news for our large rural and remote region. The project will ensure we remain in the vanguard of innovation and the digitalisation of transport information. Actions within the project will hugely improve accessibility of travel information and ease of payment for multiple modes of travel.”

GO-HI has been developed by Hitrans with technology firm Fleetondemand using the MaaS platform.

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