Monthly Archives: September 2017

Tom Hart’s transport notes, 1 July to 30 September 2017

This commentary is from Tom Hart from Scottish Association for Public Transport, although they’re his own personal views.   MAIN NEW ISSUES UK government announces long delayed plans to improve air quality and health (and also reducing greenhouse gas emissions). This proposes a ban on sale of new diesel and petrol cars and vans by…

Glasgow Transport Summit presentation

Transform Scotland director Colin Howden’s presentation to today’s Glasgow Transport Summit is now available. The Summit was hosted by Glasgow City Council’s transport convenor Cllr Anna Richardson and held in the Glasgow City Chambers.

Transport and Travel statistics: Scottish Budget must favour sustainable transport to reverse worrying declines

Transport Scotland has today published new statistics which highlight worrying trends for sustainable modes of transport. ‘Transport and Travel in Scotland 2016′, compiled by the Office for National Statistics, shows a decline in people walking to work and using the bus, and an increase in journeys made by plane and car between 2015 and 2016. There were…

Time for public transport to take priority: Transform features in the Transport Times

Our Communications and Public Affairs Officer Jamie Wylie has recently featured in the Transport Times, writing about the Queensferry Crossing and the need for greater priority for public transport between Edinburgh and Fife. “Whilst undoubtedly an amazing engineering feat, the bridge represents a worrying trend in Scottish transport of increasing priority for private cars ahead…

Notice of Transform Scotland 2017 Annual General Meeting

Dear Members I’m writing to give you notice of two events we’re holding this autumn: Thursday 26 October: Transform Scotland Annual General Meeting & Campaign Launch, Glasgow City Chambers, 18:30-20:15 * Wednesday 22 November: Transform Scotland 20th Anniversary Celebration, Edinburgh City Chambers, 18:30-20:30 (approx) For our AGM this year, we are grateful for the hospitality…

Low Emission Zones: A positive step, but support for Local Authorities is vital

Yesterday’s Programme for Government revealed a welcome commitment to establish a Low Emission Zone (LEZ) in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Dundee by 2020. This was today followed up with an announcement from Humza Yousaf MSP, Minister for Transport and the Islands, of a new consultation on LEZs. LEZs are one of the most effective tools…

Programme for Government: Welcome news for sustainable transport

Commenting on the Scottish Government’s announcements in the Programme for Government, Transform Scotland Director Colin Howden said: “The Government’s commitment to double the active travel budget to £80 million from 2018/19 is very welcome. With strong leadership at the local level, and a commitment to continuing this investment over the coming years, this will help to develop quality…