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The CILT Scottish Region Archives 2005

The first event of the year was the CILT(UK) Scottish Region Annual Political Event addressed by Fergus Ewing of the Scottish National Party who spoke on "The SNP's Vision for Scottish Transport". Next came "The Development of Hunterston" by Bill Burns, Managing Director, Hunterston Container Terminal whilst the first Aberdeen event of the year was a talk on "The Union Street Project" by Joanna Beveridge, Principal Engineer, Aberdeen City Council. Meanwhile, in Dundee, Mr. James Lee, Managing Director of Travel Dundee spoke on "Building Confidence in Public Transport" and the last event before Easter was "Delivering Sustainable Transport" by Tony Grant, SUSTRANS in Edinburgh.

"The Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route" was the topic for the meeting of 21st March and the 2005 Annual General Meeting was held at the Bo'ness and Kinneil Railway on 26th April. Staying on the railway theme, a visit to Alstom's Springburn Facility took place on the 10th May. Another visit, this time to Belhaven's Alloa Depot took place later that month, before the annuncement that the brewery had been sold to. The 30th May 2005 saw a small party participating in the first trip of the "Jacobite" steam train from Fort William to Mallaig. The final event before the summer recess was a visit to the Scottish Parliament, hosted by Sarah Boyack, MSP.

The autumn session began with a visit to BBC Scotland's Queen Margaret Drive studios where the party was able to see the production of Reporting Scotland. Next was a visit to Indigo Lighthouse's Glasgow distribution centre, from where contact lenses are dispatched to customers. The "SCDI's priorities on passenger and freight transport" was the topic for the next meeting and this was followed by the Annual Dinner on 29 September 2005.

The Aberdeen meeting of 4 October 2005 heard how passenger transport developed from "Horse Tram to Metro" and in Glasgow the following evening, the subject was "Passenger Intermodality in the EU" by Stuart Turnbull. The "Driver's Perspective" was an interesting talk from the viewpoint of the driver given by Neil Greig of the AA and was followed by a very well attended meeting on the French Railways addressed by Jean Bernadi. A visit to Menzies Distribution at Newbridge was well attended, whilst the attendance for the next event, "Promoting Access to the Scottish Countryside" by Alastair Lawson was disappointinly poor. The year ended with Ken McNab's "Rumblings Around the World", a light hearted look at a number of transport topics and was the Annual Christmas event.

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Events in 2005


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