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Parties outline vision for the future of sustainable transport in Scotland

Published 27 January 2016 by Colin Howden

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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 Scotland’s main political parties with an opportunity to outline their manifesto pledges for sustainable transport. The events will also provide an opportunity for the transport sector to engage with representatives from the political parties.

The first event, ‘Transform Platform for Labour’, is being held tomorrow (Thursday) evening at the City Chambers in Edinburgh, will see Labour transport spokesperson David Stewart MSP outline some of Scottish Labour’s proposals for sustainable transport. See http://transformscotland.org.uk/blog/events/transform-platform-for-labour/ for further details of the event. The event is being hosted by Cllr Andrew Burns, Leader of The City of Edinburgh Council.

To coincide with the first of the event series, Transform Scotland is launching its own ‘platform’ outlining its vision for the future of sustainable transport in Scotland. This document outlines what we want to see in order to ensure a sensible Scottish transport system for pedestrians, cyclists, public transport passengers, and road users.

Phil Matthews, Chair of Transform Scotland, said:

“We are very happy to welcome David Stewart MSP to speak at the first of our ‘Transform Platform’ events. We’re looking forward to hearing David outline Labour’s proposals ahead of the May’s Holyrood elections. Our events will present a fantastic opportunity for Scotland’s political parties to engage both with members of the transport industry and with members of the public in order to discuss the future of Scotland’s transport system.

Phil continued:

“In tandem with our election events, we are pleased to be launching our own ‘platform’ outlining our vision of a more sensible transport system for Scotland. We have identified a set of simple measures that clearly outline solutions to some of Scottish transport’s key problems. We feel that all of Scotland’s political parties could commit to implementing these measures should they be elected in May. We’re hoping that each of the political parties take our demands on board to ensure positive actions are taken over the course of the next parliament.”

The new publication, ‘What We Want For Scottish Transport’, is available for download from http://transformscotland.org.uk/what-we-do/publications/

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NOTES TO EDITORS:

[1] Transform Scotland is the national alliance for sustainable transport, bringing together organisations from the private, public and voluntary sectors — see http://transformscotland.org.uk/who-we-are/our-members/ for details.

[2] See http://transformscotland.org.uk/what-we-do/publications/ for the new publication ‘What We Want For Scottish Transport’.

[3] The second and third events in the ‘Transform Platform’ series are to be held on 23 February and 9 March. See here for details:

http://transformscotland.org.uk/blog/events/transform-platform-for-the-liberal-democrats

http://transformscotland.org.uk/blog/events/transform-platform-for-the-greens

We are currently in discussions with the Conservatives and the SNP for dates for similar events with them.

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