Monthly Archives: March 2016

Report on Transform Platform for the Greens

Bruce Whyte reports on the third of our ‘Transform Platform’ election event series. The third of Transform Scotland’s election events was held on Wednesday 9th March, and featured Patrick Harvie MSP of the Scottish Green Party. Around thirty people attended the event at the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Glasgow to hear what…

Network Rail plans need to consider new lines and stations

Our rail campaigner Paul Tetlaw has been very busy recently. As well as attending a never-ceasing round of meetings with campaigners, politicians and industry types around the country, he has recently compiled our response to the Network Rail Scotland Route Study. In our response, Paul makes the case that “A study looking as far ahead…

No need to wait for HS2 to start upgrades to the ‘classic’ network

Transform Scotland NEWS RELEASE For immediate use: Monday 21 March 2016 High-speed rail announcement: No need to wait for HS2 to start upgrades to the ‘classic’ network Transform Scotland [1] today gave a broad welcome to the joint Scottish Government and UK Government announcement of options for extending high-speed rail services to Scotland. Colin Howden,…

Tom Hart’s ‘Changing Directions for Scottish Transport’

This article was written by Tom Hart (from Scottish Association for Public Transport). An earlier version of this article can be found on the Reform Scotland website.   Introduction After the May election, a more fundamental review of the role of transport is promised by the Scottish Government, including links to and from Scotland by…

Levenmouth Rail Campaign Update

Allen Armstrong, Secretary of the LevenMouth Rail Campaign, reports.   The LevenMouth Rail Campaign (LMRC), in its latest form, has been running since April 2014 striving for justice and the extension of Fife Circle services to Edinburgh by reopening the five-mile stretch of line between Thornton to Leven. The line is fully intact throughout, under…

Report on ‘Scotland’s Roads 2035 Conference’

Tom Hart (Scottish Association for Public Transport) reports on ‘Scotland’s Roads 2035 Conference’, held on 15 March, and organised by the Roads Collaboration Programme within the Improvement Service. (Please note that this is an initial note on the above Conference. The Improvement Service will be producing a more substantial summary of proceedings and follow-up proposals.)…

Further improvements needed for real ‘Rail Revolution’

Further action is required in Scotland’s rail infrastructure in the future to ensure a sensible, sustainable transport network, Transform Scotland has argued. The comments come in response to the yesterday’s announcement of 200 new rail services across Scotland by 2018, which will see an additional 20,000 seats each day. Whilst the additional rail capacity is welcomed, further…

Election event provides public with platform to discuss transport with the SNP

Transform Scotland [1] is tomorrow (Tuesday 15 March) hosting the fourth in a series of election events, presenting an opportunity for members of the public to quiz the SNP on their plans for the future of Scottish transport. The event, ‘Transform Platform for the SNP’, welcomes Mike Mackenzie MSP, Parliamentary Liaison Officer to transport minister…

Campaign launch calls for ‘Fair Deal for Scotland’s Bus Users’

Transform Scotland NEWS RELEASE Monday 14 March 2016 CAMPAIGN LAUNCH CALLS FOR ‘FAIR DEAL FOR SCOTLAND’S BUS USERS’: Bus campaign publishes new research setting out contribution of bus commuters to Scottish economy Transform Scotland [1] has today (Monday 14 Mar) launched a new campaign calling for a fairer deal for Scotland’s bus users. The ‘Bus…

Transform Platform for the Conservatives confirmed

We are pleased to announce the last in our Transform Platform election event series, Transform Platform for the Conservatives. Following the success of our events so far, we are looking forward to hearing the Conservatives proposals for the future of Scottish transport. Our next two events are as follows: Transform Platform for the Greens on Wednesday 9 March in Glasgow…