Author Archives: Colin Howden

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…

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…

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]…