Author Archives: Colin Howden

Pavement parking — close the loopholes in the Transport Bill

Transform Scotland is happy to lend its support to the Living Streets campaign calling on the Scottish Government to close the loopholes in the Transport Bill on pavement parking. We made the following argument to the Parliament in our written evidence to the Scottish Parliament in September 2018: “The Bill, which apparently assumes that allowing…

Improvement to street environment can help protect older people from falls and fractures

Transform Scotland today responded to the Scottish Government’s consultation on ‘Falls and Fracture Prevention Strategy for Scotland, 2019-2024’. Transform director Colin Howden said: “The terrible state of disrepair in which much of Scotland’s streets are kept is known to be a factor which prevents many older people from even leaving their front doors for fear…

Road maintenance evidence submitted to Scottish Parliament’s transport committee

Transform has submitted its evidence on road maintenance to the Scottish Parliament’s Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee. Transform director Colin Howden said: “Scotland is estimated to have a road maintenance backlog of over £2 billion. Fixing this should be the first focus for national and local roads policy — not adding additional road capacity. Fixing…

Programme for Government: Great commitments on bus and rail, but Scotland still locked into high-carbon roads programme

Transform Scotland spokesperson Jess Pepper said: “It is fantastic to hear the First Minister acknowledging the important contribution of buses, to reducing emissions, improving health and travel choices for all. Bus users should be prioritised to avoid congestion. Buses are often overlooked but are key to many people’s everyday lives across Scotland, and we are…

Climate Emergency: Parliamentary briefing ahead of Programme for Government

Ahead of this afternoon’s Scottish Government Programme for Government announcement, we’ve published the briefing we circulated to the Members of the Scottish Parliament ahead of today’s statement. Colin Howden, director of Transform Scotland, said: “We’re looking forward to hearing more on Scottish Government’s response to the Climate Emergency and the commitment to the transformational change…

Action needed now to deliver zero-emission Scottish railway by 2030: Climate Emergency response ‘Vision 2030: Clean Rail’

TRANSFORM SCOTLAND NEWS RELEASE Monday 2 September 2019 ACTION NEEDED NOW TO DELIVER ZERO-EMISSION SCOTTISH RAILWAY BY 2030: Transform sets out Climate Emergency response ‘Vision 2030: Clean Rail’ Transform Scotland, the voice of sustainable transport, has today (Monday 2nd) published a new ‘vision paper’ setting out its Climate Emergency response for Scotland’s railways. [1] [2]…

Levenmouth reopening: lessons to be learned from Borders Railway failings

Commenting on the Scottish Government decision to reopen the Levenmouth rail line, Transform rail spokesperson Paul Tetlaw said: “The reopening of the railway line to Levenmouth is a great testament to those who have campaigned tirelessly over many years. They deserve hearty congratulations. We have been delighted to help our members, the Levenmouth Rail Campaign,…

National Transport Strategy: 36 months in, and no new action to tackle Climate Emergency

Transform Scotland today gave its initial response to the publication of the Scottish Government’s three-month consultation on its draft National Transport Strategy. Transform Scotland director Colin Howden said: “Today we face a Climate Emergency. Scotland’s children are striking for their future. The best scientific evidence is that we have 18 months to put in place…

Azuma will drive switch from air to rail for Anglo-Scottish travel

We’re pleased to welcome the introduction of passenger services to Scotland, as from Thursday 1 August, on LNER’s new Azuma trains. Transform Scotland rail spokesperson Paul Tetlaw said: “We’re delighted to see the new Azumas on the East Coast Main Line. They follow in a fine tradition of trains for this premier route between Scotland…

Class 385s anniversary: Railway can play a much bigger role in transport between Scotland’s cities

Commenting on the first anniversary of the introduction of the new Hitachi Class 385 trains to the ScotRail fleet, Transform Scotland rail campaigner Paul Tetlaw commented: “The 385 trains have proved to be a great addition to the Scotrail network offering more capacity, improved journey times and all the wider benefits of electrification. Indeed the…