The year began with the Scottish Region's Annual Political Event addressed this year by Patrick Harvie, MSP who spoke on the role of the Scottish Parliament's Transport Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee. This was followed by a talk in Aberdeen by Dr. Steve Wright on "Yellow School Buses". The next Glasgow meeting was addressed by Committee member Bill Burns on The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey in which he spoke abouth the challenges faced by a major port in developing it's infrastructure in the current economic climate. The last meeting in February was on "Transport and Placemaking for Sustainable Communities" by Riccardo Marini, Design Leader, Edinburgh City Council and he looked at how places should be designed with transport and sustainability in mind. March 2009 saw Allan McLean of Virgin Trains speaking on "Virgin Trains - Some Reflections" in which he demonstrated how the media does not show just how cost effective rail travel really is.
After the summer break, the 2009 Annual Dinner was held in September at the Airth Castle Hotel and was followed by Ian Maxwell speaking on "Smarter Choices, Smarter Places" in Edinburgh at the beginning of October.Also in October was a talk by John Yellowlees on "Adopt a Station" and this was followed in November by Frank Roach who spoke on HITRANS and the promotion of rail in the Scottish Highlands. The final event of the year was the Christmas Event held in the Beehive Inn in Edinburgh.
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Events in 2009
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