Connectivity issues affecting rural Scotland are themselves interconnected. Fuel and other transport costs directly affect parcel delivery charges; and the closer integration of different transport services would be made much easier through the use of e-ticketing, which in turn depends on Internet availability.
Calum is meeting with ministers to improve local accountability and involvement in decision making processes. Calum is chair of the Eyemouth offshore wind development group who are bringing forward efforts to develop a major offshore windfarm.
Calum's office works with a range of projects to help bring jobs to the Borders.
Seeing the Borders Railway restored as far as Galashiels was a great achievement. The Scottish Government is launching a feasibility study on restoring the route to its original terminus at Carlisle. This move could be transformative — by offering a new cross-border and east-west link and re-establishing a connection to Hawick.
The A7 Action Group is a voluntary organisation that engages every community council along the length of that road and identities and then highlights all the areas that require improvement. It’s been running for 25 years — I took over the chairmanship when I was elected as an MP last year.