Monthly Archives: February 2015

Scots want inter-city rail services at least as fast as roads

That was the finding from an opinion poll commissioned by Transform Scotland. Ninety-one per cent of those surveyed by ScotPulse wanted inter-city rail services at least as fast as the parallel roads. We launched the opinion poll as part of the next phase of our Inter-City Express campaign. As part of the campaign, we have…

Vast majority of Scots want inter-city rail services at least as fast as roads

Transform Scotland NEWS RELEASE Embargoed until 00:01 on Tuesday 24 February 2015 OPINION POLL RESULT: VAST MAJORITY OF SCOTS WANT INTER-CITY RAIL SERVICES AT LEAST AS FAST AS ROADS Transform Scotland also launches ‘Inter-City Express’ campaign brochure Transform Scotland [1] has today (Tuesday 24 February) released the result of an opinion poll which shows that…

Infrastructure plans need focus on inter-city rail and active travel

Transform Scotland has released a parliamentary briefing ahead of a parliamentary debate to be led by the Scottish Ministers in the Scottish Parliament on the afternoon of Tuesday 24 February. Transform Scotland’s briefing makes the following key points: We need investment in the Scottish inter-city rail network north of the Central Belt. The Infrastructure Investment…

Still no clarity over active travel spend

A parliamentary question submitted by Green MSP Alison Johnstone has established that there is still no clarity about how much the Scottish Government will invest in active travel (walking and cycling) in 2015-16. Transport Minister Derek Mackay’s answer to the parliamentary question (PQ S4W-24376) establishes the following: Total: Of which, for active travel: Support for…

Objection to proposed Edinburgh bus lane cuts

Transform Scotland have joined Living Streets Scotland, Spokes the Lothian Cycle Campaign, and the Scottish Association for Public Transport in objecting to The City of Edinburgh Council’s proposed cuts to the coverage of its bus lanes. Our objection follows.   Dear Sir/Madam We would like to register our objection to traffic orders ETRO/14/38B and/or ETRO/14/38A…

Welcome for Edinburgh’s plans for School Streets

We’ve today submitted our response to The City of Edinburgh Council’s consultation on its ‘School Streets’ proposals. Our response, drafted by Board member Peter Hawkins, welcomes the extension of the scheme from five to eleven schools, and hopes that the scheme will be made permanent. The consultation remains open for responses until Friday 27 February.

Borders rail tracks, cycle budgets, and Love

Today saw the completion of track-laying for the Borders Railway, another important milestone in this long-awaited project. Meanwhile, Richard Ardern has an excellent letter in today’s Herald, ‘Railway focus must now switch to the north’. He even mentions our Inter-City Express campaign! The City of Edinburgh Council have been debating their budget today, and, according…

“Railway focus must now switch to the north”

  Richard Ardern writes in today’s Herald, 12 February 2015: “It is really good that the Borders Railway is nearing completion, but the focus now needs to turn to improving capacity to the north. The lines between the cities of Perth and Inverness and between Inverness and Aberdeen are mainly single track and consequently suffer…

Just bits of old road, plus asphalt and guardrails

Transform members Go Bike! report that Glasgow City Council have now approved their 20mph petition and that is now available for signature. They managed to get the issue covered on BBC Radio Scotland’s ‘Call Kaye’ show this morning. City of Edinburgh Council have announced that Scottish Water will be putting more resources into road maintenance…