Monthly Archives: December 2015

Scottish Budget: Public transport loses out to more spending on new roads

NEWS RELEASE Wednesday 16 December 2015 Scottish Budget: Public transport loses out to more spending on new roads   Transform Scotland [1] today (Weds 16-Dec) criticised the Scottish Government’s draft budget as a backwards step in delivering sustainable transport. Colin Howden, Director of Transform Scotland, said: “The budget delivers a massive hike in spending on…

Forth Road Bridge closure: Transport Groups call for Greater Investment in Public Transport

Scottish Association for Public Transport & Transform Scotland NEWS RELEASE Monday 14 December 2015 FORTH ROAD BRIDGE CLOSURE: Transport Groups call for Greater Investment in Public Transport The Scottish Association for Public Transport (SAPT) and Transform Scotland have today (Monday 14 Dec) called on the Government to ensure that future transport policy prioritises investment in…

Scottish Ministers must match climate rhetoric with spending priorities

Transform Scotland have responded to the Committee on Climate Change’s call for evidence on the Scottish annual targets on climate change. John Webster, author of Transform Scotland’s response, said: “Transport is an area where a major impact could be made in reducing GHG emissions by investment in active travel within our major cities and by…

TransPennine franchise award welcomed

The winner of the TransPennine Express franchise has been announced as First Group – they will operate the new franchise alone – not in partnership with Keolis as was the case for the previous franchise. The franchise will run from April 2016 to March 2023. We will be looking into the details of the new…

Bruce Whyte highlights trends and challenges in active travel

At the last Transform Members’ Session on 3 December we were pleased to be joined by Bruce Whyte from the Glasgow Centre for Population Health. Bruce presented an interesting talk on recent and historic trends of active travel in Scotland and highlighted some of the recent work undertaken by GCPH on sustainable transport. Thank you…

Saving the North Berwick Line

Paul Tetlaw reports on a Capital Rail Action Group (CRAG) meeting held in Edinburgh on 1 December 2015: The speaker at the CRAG meeting on 1 December 2015 was Norman Hall from North Berwick and he related his role in the campaign to save the line from closure. These are my notes on his presentation…

Bridge closure an opportunity to cut Forth road traffic long-term

Colin Howden, director of Transform Scotland, responds to the Forth Road Bridge closure announced today. “It’s very welcome that the Government is now encouraging people to look at car sharing and public transport alternatives for trips across the Forth. But why has it taken this unexpected closure of the Forth Road Bridge to get Scottish…

Government needs to integrate strategic transport and land use planning

Transform Scotland have responded to the Scottish Government’s review of the planning system. In our response we call for greater integration between land use planning and transport planning. Colin Howden, director of Transform Scotland, said: “It is impossible to expect good integration between development planning for the cities with transport planning for these same areas…