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15 Aug 2018
The Highlands’ newest town marked another milestone this week.
Tornagrain residents were delighted to be able to catch the bus into Inverness or Nairn.
The stop at Tornagrain’s main street is now part of the daily No 11 service from Nairn to Inverness Bus Station operated by Stagecoach.
John Stuart, Earl of Moray, said: “It was always our aim that Tornagrain would have great public transport links and it is great to see that being realised. Tornagrain was designed to be a sustainable community where residents wouldn’t have to rely on having a car and this new bus service helps make that a real possibility.
“We were really pleased to see the bus being so well used on its very first week with people travelling not only to Nairn and Inverness but also to work in Elgin.”
Tornagrain resident Ian Grant was one of the first to use the bus service and said: “I’m delighted that the bus route now includes Tornagrain. It’s a huge boost to the community and allows us to travel easily around the area without a car.”
The new service runs every 30 minutes from Tornagrain to Inverness and hourly to Nairn, calling at Inverness Airport. There is a reduced service on Sundays.
Graeme Leslie, Operations Director for Stagecoach North Scotland said: "We are delighted to introduce Tornagrain to our service 11 route and look forward to welcoming the community on our buses. The timetable will give options to both commuters as well as leisure travellers as the first service through Tornagrain in the morning is at 0612 Monday - Friday and the last service at 2341. All of our services can be tracked live on the Stagecoach app and with contactless payments available on board all our buses it has never been easier to travel by bus."
The first residents moved in to Tornagrain in March last year and 86 homes are now occupied.
Tornagrain has started life as a village which will expand in planned phases over 50 or 60 years. Ultimately it will be home to more than 10,000 people, a town similar in size to Nairn or Forres.
When completed the new town will include some 80 hectares of parks and open spaces, three primary schools and one secondary school. Shops, offices, libraries, churches, healthcare and leisure facilities and community halls all form part of the blueprint.