Cash for Ayrshire Roads Alliance projects

There is new funding to support timber extraction.
There is new funding to support timber extraction.

Fifty timber transport projects that benefit communities and the environment across Scotland are set to share £7.05 million of funding, Rural Affairs Secretary Fergus Ewing announced.

The Strategic Timber Transport Fund, which has this year benefited from an additional Scottish Government investment of £5m, is supporting improvement works on 48 minor rural roads across Scotland.

A further £800k has been set aside for Timberlink, which specifically transports timber by sea.

The Ayrshire Roads Alliance (the shared service representing East and South Ayrshire Councils) receives £770k for four public road projects.

Mr Ewing said; “Forestry’s continuing £1bn success story will see our timber production rate increase from 7 million to 10 million tonnes over the next few years, generating significant benefits for our rural economy and provide climate-friendly raw-materials.

“But it is imperative that we bolster this success with efforts to mitigate the impacts of timber lorries on local communities and on the environment.”