The year began with an insight to the difficulties of providing a link to St. Helena in an interesting lecture by Andrew Bell at the January meeting. February continued the maritime theme with a talk on "New West Coast Ferry Terminals" by Colin Howell. Sustainable transport issues were the subject of the talk by Colin Howden of TRANSform Scotland. The Region returend to the maritime theme with a visit to the headquarters of the Northern Lighthouse Board in Edinburgh on 19 February 2002.
The April event was a joint meeting with the Institution of Highways & Transportation, the Royal Town Planning Institute and the ICE's Scottish Traffic & Transportation Group. It the form of a debate on sustainable transport and was very well attended. the annual general Meeting was held in May and the guest speaker was Ali Abbassi of BBC Scotland's Travel Desk.
After the summer recess, the Region looked at the aviation industry with visits to both Glasgow and Dundee Airports. During the Glasgow Airport visit members were given a tour of the airport by bus and this included a trip along the runway and was followed by a visit to the control tower. Similarly, the members participating in the visit to Dundee Airport were given a guided tour of the airport, including visits to fire station, the control tower and baggage handling areas.
The subject of the meeting on 1 October 2002 was "The Scottish National Antarctic Expedition" by Dr. David M. Munro and this was followed by a talk on "The Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (WPR)" by William Walton of the University of Aberdeen. The 2002 Scottish Conference, Exhibition was held on Wednesday 16 October 2002 at the Inchyra Grange Hotel near Falkirk and was the most successful event yet, with the exhibition being fully booked and delegates from all over Scotland attending the Conference. there was another record attendance on 6 November to hear Chris Austin, External Relations Director of the Strategic Rail Authority speak on Scotland's railways in the light of the Annual Scottish Rail Summit held in Edinburgh earlier that day.
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Events in 2002
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