Monthly Archives: January 2016

Forth Road Bridge closure illustrates folly of removal of local accountability

Transform Scotland has published its response to the Scottish Parliament’s Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee inquiry into the December 2015 closure of the Forth Road Bridge. Our evidence paper was prepared by our board member Lawrence Marshall, who was chair of the Forth Estuary Transport Authority (FETA) from 2004-06 (that is, prior to the decision…

What We Want For Scottish Transport

We are pleased to launch our manifesto setting out our vision of a more sensible transport system for Scotland: For pedestrians and cyclists For public transport passengers For road users We have identified a set of simple measures that outline solutions to some of Scottish transport’s key problems. We feel that all of Scotland’s political…

Parties outline vision for the future of sustainable transport in Scotland

NEWS RELEASE For immediate use: Wednesday 27 January 2016 ‘Transform Platform’ election series: Parties outline vision for the future of sustainable transport in Scotland Transform Scotland [1] is tomorrow (Thursday 28th) holding the first of its ‘Transform Platform’ election events in the run-up to the Holyrood elections in May. The series of events will provide…

Scottish Budget: Spokes’ cycle plan a practical proposal for John Swinney

Transform Scotland are happy to support the proposal put forward by Spokes, the Lothian Cycle Campaign, for 1% of the trunk roads budget to be switched into active travel spend in the final version of the Scottish Government’s budget for 2016-17. As we said in our response to the mid-December Budget announcement, sustainable transport had…

Members’ views wanted on Network Rail Route Survey

We’re looking for the views of Transform’s members and supporters for our response to Network Rail Scotland’s Route Survey. NRS are consulting on the plans until 10 March. As this has long-term implications for the railway in Scotland and how it might develop over the next 30 or so years we agreed that it would…

Strategic freight network need to transform rail freight in Scotland

Transform Scotland has submitted its response to the Scottish Government’s consultation on rail freight strategy, ‘Delivering the Goods’. Commenting on our response, Paul Tetlaw said: “A strategic freight network for Scotland should be defined and the creation of the necessary infrastructure should then become a key Government priority. The ongoing Network Rail Route Study for…

Lack of progress on key trends shows “wasted decade” on Scottish transport policy

Transform Scotland NEWS RELEASE Embargoed for use: 10:00, Thursday 21 January 2016 Scottish Government National Transport Strategy announcement: Lack of progress on key trends shows “wasted decade” on Scottish transport policy Transform Scotland [1] today (Thurs 21st) responded to the Scottish Government’s launch of the revised National Transport Strategy (a ‘refresh’ of the strategy first…

Lords set poor example in travel to London

Scottish Lords spent over £280,000 on air travel expenses over the course of one year, a recent investigative report has found. The investigation, carried out by The Ferret, found that some Scottish Lords were spending more than £20,000 a year on travel between Scotland and London. The revelations are all the more shocking given that two…

Enlightened decisions needed for future Highlands rail capacity

We’ve had an interesting response from cabinet secretary Keith Brown MSP to a letter sent in December by our director Colin Howden. Commenting on the letter, Colin Howden said: “In the letter, Mr Brown makes the welcome response that Transport Scotland continue to monitor the performance of the Borders Railway. It is well known that…

Opportunities for extending the Scottish rail network

Tom Hart, a former Transform Scotland board member, has today published a discussion paper entitled ‘SCOTLAND 2020-2040: Opportunities for Rail Network Extensions’. The paper is being released as a contribution to the debate on transport prior to the Scottish Parliament election and subsequent official publications on a revised Transport and Access Strategy and related changes…