Local News for Wednesday 24th April 2019

MP HAS TUNNEL VISION FOR THE ISLANDS

Na h-Eileanan an Iar SNP MP Angus MacNeil has written to Transport Minister Michael Matheson MSP to suggest the Scottish Government visit the Faroe Islands to see the new 11.2 km subsea tunnel.
Mr MacNeil has hailed the success of the Faroes in creating a highly advanced transportation infrastructure which includes 17 land tunnels and two subsea tunnels with another almost complete and construction on a further tunnel due to start soon.
The system, which will include the world’s first subsea roundabout, will virtually eradicate the need for ferry services.
Mr MacNeil said:
“The transport network in the Faroes is the kind of system we should aspire to follow in the Scottish islands.
“Infrastructure of this kind would have huge economic and social benefits to all parts of the islands and would remove travel disruption due to weather conditions or issues associated with capacity.”
The new Faroes tunnel will shorten the travel distance from the capital of Tórshavn to Runavík from 55 kilometres to 17 kilometres. The 64 minute drive will be shortened to 16 minutes.
Mr MacNeil has suggested to Transport Minister Michael Matheson that Transport Scotland should visit the nearly complete Faroese tunnel and learn from the Faroese experience of creating a seamless travel system.

 


HARRIS TWEED HEBRIDES HELP TO ENSURE SCOTLAND LOOK THE PART FOR WORLD CUP SEND-OFF

The Scotland women’s football team will travel to the FIFA Women’s World Cup in Harris Tweed style this summer.
Tailoring firm Walker Slater will supply the squad with Harris Tweed Hebrides jackets to wear as they fly out to France in June, ensuring the players and coaching staff look the part ahead of the biggest test of their careers so far.
The announcement sees Walker Slater continue their role as an official licensee of the Scottish FA, which has seen them exclusively retail the Scotland National Team Harris Tweed, designed and produced in Shawbost, since 2015.
Walker Slater will now supply the players with the Iona jacket, in a traditional style designed by Harris Tweed Hebrides to combine the dark blue of the Scotland jersey with the sky blue from the Saltire to give a subtle, modern tweed.
The deep navy backdrop is complemented with sky blue broken stripes, while cuff button detail appears in the form of bright red stitching.
Harris Tweed Hebrides Creative Director Mark Hogarth said:
"We are proud to partner with Walker Slater in providing the official uniform for the Scotland Women’s National Team’s historic journey to France.
“The team can now display great Scottish style both on and off the park and we hope it will help propel Shelley Kerr and her squad to great achievements at the World Cup.”