Author Archives: Transform Scotland

New report sets out ‘Routes to Growth’ for cycle tourism economy

Report calls for fully segregated cycle paths along selected key tourist routes Transform Scotland today (Monday 25th) launched the report ‘Routes to Growth: Developing Scotland’s Cycle Tourism Sector’. The report builds upon earlier research by Transform Scotland and Sustrans Scotland which highlighted the multi-million pound benefits of leisure cycle tourism to the Scottish economy (up…

New government statistics show transport is holding back action on climate change

New statistics published today by the Scottish Government have revealed that transport is the largest source of carbon emissions in Scotland — and emissions are increasing. The Scottish Greenhouse Gas Emissions 2016 publication shows changes in emissions from each sector in Scotland between 2015 and 2016, as  well as long-term changes against the 1990 baseline targets. The…

The North-South Railway Divide: Rail revolution needed to cut journey times going north

Transform Scotland has today revealed research highlighting huge disparities in rail journey times north and south of the Central Belt. ‘The North-South Railway Divide’, published as part of the Inter-City Express campaign, compares journey times from the Central Belt to Inverness, Perth, Dundee and Aberdeen, to journeys heading south of the Border. The research found…

More funding for walking and cycling is welcome news

The Scottish Government has revealed that a fund to create walking and cycling routes will be more than doubled. The Community Links Fund, which will be increased to £36 million, allows public bodies and community trusts to develop safe and high quality cycle routes across Scotland. The increase comes as part of the recently doubled…

Transform calls for “ineffective” Transport Acts to be scrutinised by Parliament

Transform Scotland has presented its views to the Rural Economy and Connectivity (REC) Committee on the scrutiny of Government legislation. The REC Committee’s Call for Evidence, which closes today, invites views on whether Acts passed since the founding of the Scottish Parliament have been effective. Transform Scotland’s response focuses on several Acts passed by the…

Glasgow Airport airspace change: Noise pollution and emissions must be key priorities

Transform Scotland has today responded to Glasgow Airport’s airspace change consultation, voicing concerns over the threat of increased noise pollution and carbon emissions. The Airport’s public consultation presented an opportunity for the public to have their say on plans to change the flight paths to and from Glasgow Airport. The Airport justified the introduction of…

Better Buses debate: Time to give buses priority to reverse decline

Ahead of today’s debate in Parliament on ‘Better Buses’, we’ve issued a briefing to MSPs on bus services. The briefing outlines issues affecting bus passengers and operators, and makes several key points: Bus priority measures need to be introduced, enforced and maintained in order to provide reliable and convenient services. Glasgow City Council’s Low Emission…