Monthly Archives: February 2016

Rail passenger forecasting called into question

We have this week issued a reply to Scottish Government cabinet secretary Keith Brown MSP following correspondence regarding rail passenger forecasts. Whilst we welcome recent positive developments in rail, in particular the Borders Railway link, room for improvement remains in assessing passenger demand and usage in various routes across Scotland. Commenting on Mr Brown’s response, Transform…

Transform joins call for fairer active travel funding

Transform Scotland has joined fellow sustainable transport organisations in voicing concerns over transport funding in the recent Scottish Government budget. The recent budget proposals  would see funding for road developments increased to £820 million, compared with only £41 million for walking and cycling. The funding gap between active travel and other modes of transport presents a further…

Tom Hart reports on recent transport issues

Tom Hart reports: Wider Issues Energy economist Tony Mackay has criticised the Scottish Government for inadequate progress towards delivery of green energy.  As well as more emphasis on energy conservation and biofuels, he seeks more action to reduce transport energy demand, including better public transport (H 8 Dec).  Others fear that failure to expand storage…

Transform Platform for the SNP confirmed

This week we are pleased to announce the fourth in our Transform Platform election event series, Transform Platform for the SNP. Following the success of our first event in January, Transform Platform for Labour, we are looking forward to hearing proposals from the rest of the main political parties in Scotland. We already have our next events confirmed:…

Report on ‘Transform Platform for Labour’

The first of Transform Scotland’s election events was held on Thursday 28 January, and featured David Stewart MSP for Scottish Labour. Over sixty people attended the event at Edinburgh City Chambers to hear what Labour are envisioning for sustainable transport in Scotland. John Webster reports. The event was hosted by Cllr Andrew Burns, Leader of…

Reinstatement of Edinburgh South Suburban Railway

The Capital Rail Action Group and Transform Scotland have written a parliamentary briefing supporting the the Members’ Business debate: Reinstatement of the Edinburgh South Suburban Railway. Lawrence Marshall said: “Local passenger services on the South Suburban railway line have been absent for over 50 years now. It’s time for our nation’s capital city to join…