2004 South Lanarkshire CATCHit Bus

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The CATCHIT bus at Douglas Gala Day..The CATCHIT bus is an innovative means of delivering high speed computer access to remote rural communities. the initiative took to the roads of South Lanarkshire in the summer of 2003 and has proved popular in rural villages trough out the region where many people have ventured aboard the bus to learn more about the internet, seek free information and advice and undertake basic IT training..The bus is similar in size to a library van and contains eight trainee work stations and one training PC, all with easy access to the internet, scanner and printer facilities. A range of software is available, from office packages to gardening and interior design. Support is provided by a full time project officer, funded through the business Gateway and a full-time IT tutor/driver form Soth Lanarkshire College..Feedback over the past five years has been very encouraging and the bus is now  well established as a valuable community resource..The project cost around £130.000 to set up, with the Scottish Executive's Rural Challenge Fund, South Lanarkshire Council and Scottish Enterprise having funded the capital costs of the vehicle and set up expenses.