Author Archives: Colin Howden

Ramblers & Transform team up on Just Transition to make case for active travel

Transform has published the response it has submitted to the Just Transition Commission jointly with Ramblers Scotland. Our joint submission submission calls for: (1) Rapid expansion of active travel infrastructure (2) Rapid development of paths for leisure and recreation (3) Investment in transition skills training and capacity building for transport planners and construction staff (4)…

Celebration of urban motorways shows Transport Scotland stuck in the 1960s

Commenting on today’s 50th anniversary of the opening of the Kingston Bridge, Transform director Colin Howden said: “Celebrating the bulldozing of elevated motorways through the centre of cities demonstrates the horrible complacency that runs right through Transport Scotland. “Siberia north of the Arctic Circle is on fire, burning from heatwaves caused by climate change. Transport…

New report: ‘Transport recovery: Rebuilding public transport patronage’

TRANSPORT RECOVERY: New Transform report sets out transport investment priorities post-lockdown Transform Scotland [1] has today (Thursday 25 June) published its new report, ‘Transport Recovery’, which sets out transport investment priorities to rebuild public transport patronage post-lockdown. [2] This is the fourth and final of a series of reports that Transform has published in recent…

New report: ‘Connected Recovery: Enabling the digital commute’

CONNECTED RECOVERY: New Transform report sets out priorities for the ‘digital commute’ post-lockdown Transform Scotland [1] has today (Thursday 18 June) published a new report, ‘Connected Recovery’, which sets out recommendations for making ‘the digital commute’ the norm post-lockdown. [3] The report calls on the Scottish & UK Government, the Scottish Parliament, organisations across all…

June Newsletter — Director’s Note

Risky Business Risk was the theme of our evidence to the Parliament’s transport committee. Setting out the “broader risk context”, Paul Tetlaw outlined the risks of a Corona Recovery that sees a “great expansion of car use” at the expense of public transport: air pollution, climate emissions, obesity, car-clogged cities, and the undermining of decades…

New report: ‘Just Recovery: reversing the lockdown inequalities’

NEWS RELEASE Thursday 4 June 2020 New report sets out recommendations for ensuring transport recovery doesn’t embed transport inequalities Transform Scotland [1] has today (Thursday 4 June) published a new report, ‘Just Recovery’. The report sets out a series of recommendations for the Scottish Government in designing its transport response to coronavirus so that the…

What are the prospects for sustainable transport in Aberdeen?

Transform director Colin Howden was happy to join Aberdeen Climate Action’s ‘Climate Cafe’ on Tuesday 2 June to make a presentation on ‘The Future of Public Transport in Scotland’. The presentation is now available. As part of the presentation, figures were presented on European-wide investment in light rail systems, as a proxy for major investment…

Views presented on Economic Recovery priorities

Transform has published its comments made in response to the Scottish Government’s call for views on its Advisory Group for Economic Recovery. Transform director Colin Howden said: “In our response, we’ve focussed on two key areas: the need for the focus on a ‘Green Recovery’, and the environmental tax reform that will be needed in…

Transport Transition Plan full of good intentions, but nothing concrete on fairness

Responding to this afternoon’s publication of the Transport Transition Plan, Transform director Colin Howden said: “The Plan is full of good intentions on both fairness and a ‘green recovery’ but, as yet, says nothing concrete on either. “Transport inequalities may have been unavoidable during the initial phase of lockdown, but it’s critical that decisive action…

Parliament’s transport committee takes evidence from Government on coronavirus response

The Scottish Parliament’s Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee is this morning taking evidence from the Scottish Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity, Michael Matheson MSP, on the Government’s response to COVID-19. In advance of the session, we submitted the following comments to the committee regarding the Scottish Government’s approach to planning the response…