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Wind farm sponsorship for Caithness community transport service


By Alan Hendry

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The Caithness Rural Transport electric vehicle sponsored by Thistle Wind Partners.
The Caithness Rural Transport electric vehicle sponsored by Thistle Wind Partners.

Caithness Rural Transport is having one of its minibuses sponsored by a wind energy company in a move that will help to cover vehicle running costs.

Thistle Wind Partners (TWP), which is developing the Ayre offshore wind farm off the east coast of Orkney, agreed to sponsor one of the community transport service’s electric vehicles for an initial period of three years.

The sponsorship represents a first for Caithness Rural Transport, which is run by Wick-based Caithness Voluntary Group.

The service allows members of the public to get out and about for everything from shopping trips to medical appointments. Vehicles can cover up to 300 miles in a day, helping to make up for the county’s limited public transport.

Elaine Fraser, project coordinator for Caithness Rural Transport, said: “We are delighted to have one of our vehicles sponsored. Vehicle costs have been escalating year on year, so this support is very welcome to help keep the fleet running.”

Allan Tait, community engagement manager for TWP, said: “Caithness Rural Transport carries out a vital role in the community, providing a very important service to people throughout Caithness, and Thistle Wind Partners are delighted to be able to support its work.

“It is a good partnership between a renewable company and a community transport project providing a great service whilst working to support the country reach net-zero targets.”

The branding was carried out by Nathan Reynolds, Watten Signs.

The Caithness Rural Transport electric vehicle sponsored by Thistle Wind Partners.
The Caithness Rural Transport electric vehicle sponsored by Thistle Wind Partners.

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