Author Archives: Colin Howden

Motherwell Station redevelopment plans welcomed

We’re pleased to see the announcement of the plans for the redevelopment of Motherwell Station. Transform Scotland rail spokesperson Paul Tetlaw said: “The £14.5m investment in Motherwell Station is very welcome as is the plan for more Anglo-Scottish trains to call there. “There is significant potential for rail to capture more of the Anglo-Scottish traffic…

Scottish Budget: “This is in no way a Climate Emergency response”

Responding to the publication of the draft Scottish Budget for 2020-21, Colin Howden, director of Transform Scotland, said: “Existing Scottish Government capital expenditure plans systematically favour high-carbon over low-carbon infrastructure. [1] “Transport is the largest sector for climate emissions. Today’s announcement of an extra £500m on low-carbon spend will barely turn the dial. This is…

New transport strategy fails to set out concrete programme of action to tackle the Climate Emergency

NEW TRANSPORT STRATEGY FAILS TO SET OUT CONCRETE PROGRAMME OF ACTION TO TACKLE THE CLIMATE EMERGENCY: “Simple hypocrisy” to talk of global climate emergencies whilst prioritising new high-carbon infrastructure spend   Transform Scotland has today (Wednesday 5 February) responded to the publication of the Scottish Government’s new National Transport Strategy. [1] [2] Colin Howden, Director…

Scotland’s Bus industry gathers to set out Vision for 2030

Transform Scotland MEDIA RELEASE Scotland’s Bus industry gathers to set out Vision for 2030 Bus companies across Scotland are getting together to set out a Vision for 2030 for Bus highlighting the importance of buses in tackling the climate emergency. Bus is often overlooked as part of the solution to tackling the Climate Emergency. Yet…

Strong focus on demand management in Infrastructure Commission report praised

Transform Scotland welcomes the ‘Key findings report’ published today by the Infrastructure Commission for Scotland. Amongst other things, the report calls for the prioritisation of “all new infrastructure investment decisions based on their contribution to the delivery of an inclusive net zero carbon economy”. (report p8) Transform director Colin Howden said: “The Commission establishes a…

A decade of delays to improved cross-Forth public transport

Transform Scotland has made its views known to the Scottish Parliament’s transport committee ahead of its scrutiny this morning (Wednesday 8 January) of the Queensferry Crossing Public Transport Strategy. The committee was taking evidence from Transport Scotland and other witnesses. Commenting on the evidence session, Transform spokesperson Chris Day said: “At the committee meeting this…

Scottish Public Bodies can and must change their ways on climate

Transform Scotland have responded to the Scottish Government’s consultation on the role of the Scottish public sector in tackling climate change. Transform’s director Colin Howden said: “The Scottish Public Bodies have a vast workforce and have a huge influence on society, lifestyles and transport impacts — so they absolutely can make a big difference. All…

New report calls for tourist tax to fund public transport & better streets

Transform Scotland NEWS RELEASE Embargoed until 00:01 on Monday 2 December 2019 NEW REPORT CALLS FOR TOURIST TAX TO FUND PUBLIC TRANSPORT & BETTER STREETS: ‘Tourist Duty’ survey results find strong support for investing in city infrastructure A tourism tax in Edinburgh has won strong backing from residents, despite opposition from some businesses, a survey…