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Rail freight not playing a big enough role in serving North East

Commenting on Transport Scotland’s announcement of a dedicated team to look at options for rail capacity improvements between Aberdeen and Dundee, David Spaven, the Scottish representative of the Rail Freight Group said: “The new team is welcome, but the proof of its value will be in the quality and timescale of delivery of transformative rail…

Government urged to be bolder in Climate Plan

Transform Scotland has issued a briefing on the draft Climate Change Plan (CCP), urging the Scottish Government to commit to more action on active travel, buses and demand management. The recommendation come ahead of a debate on the CCP in the Scottish Parliament this Thursday (16th), when Parliament will consider the recommendations of the four…

REC Committee calls for stronger transport policy in Climate Plan

The Scottish Parliament’s Rural Economy and Connectivity (REC) Committee has today published its findings on the Scottish Government’s draft Climate Change Plan (CCP). After taking evidence from a range of stakeholders in February, the REC Committee has made a series of recommendations to the Scottish Government on improvements that should be made to the Policies…

Rail consultation: Government urged to reconnect communities across Scotland

Transform Scotland NEWS RELEASE Wednesday 1 March 2017 GOVERNMENT URGED TO RECONNECT COMMUNITIES ACROSS SCOTLAND: Transform Scotland sets out its response to Government rail consultation Transform Scotland [1] has today urged the Scottish Government to investigate the reopening of former rail routes across Scotland to reconnect communities with the rest of the country. The recommendation…

Scottish Budget continues to favour unsustainable transport

Transform Scotland has published a short briefing ahead of today’s final (‘Stage 3’) debate on the Scottish Budget 2017-18. Commenting, Transform Scotland director Colin Howden said: “This afternoon sees the final vote on the Scottish Government budget for 2017-18. With cuts to the bus budget, frozen investment in active travel, less cash for local authorities…

Worrying fall in bus use in new Government statistics

Transform Scotland NEWS RELEASE Wednesday 22 February 2017 WORRYING FALL IN BUS USE IN NEW GOVERNMENT STATISTICS: ‘Scottish Transport Statistics 2016’ shows bus use in continued decline Transform Scotland [1] has today commented on the worrying decline in bus use shown in Transport Scotland’s ‘Scottish Transport Statistics 2016’, published today. [2] The new report shows…

Aviation tax cut will benefit wealthiest in society

Transform Scotland NEWS RELEASE Wednesday 22 February 2017 AVIATION TAX CUT WILL BENEFIT WEALTHIEST IN SOCIETY Transform Scotland [1] has today criticised the Scottish Government’s proposals to cut taxes for the aviation industry. The criticism comes ahead of Transform Scotland’s appearance later today (Wednesday) in front of the Scottish Parliament’s Finance and Constitution Committee as…

Climate plan priorities fail on equalities, health, congestion and the economy

Transform Scotland NEWS RELEASE Friday 10 February 2017 CLIMATE PLAN PRIORITIES FAIL ON EQUALITIES, HEALTH, CONGESTION AND THE ECONOMY Transform Scotland [1] has today called for stronger action to tackle transport emissions in the draft Climate Change Plan. The criticism comes on the final day for evidence to be submitted to the Scottish Parliamentary committees…

Transform submits evidence on the Climate Change Plan

Transform Scotland has today submitted evidence to the ECCLR and REC Committee on the Policies and Proposals for transport in the draft third Climate Change Plan. The evidence papers highlight the shortcomings of the draft Climate Change Plan and makes a series of recommendations to reduce transport emissions whilst developing a fairer, more sensible transport…

Climate Plan makes encouraging noises on transport — but plan lacks specifics on funding

Transform Scotland NEWS RELEASEFor immediate use: Thursday 19 January 2016CLIMATE PLAN MAKES ENCOURAGING NOISES ON TRANSPORT — BUT PLAN LACKS SPECIFICS ON FUNDING Transform Scotland [1] today welcomed the inclusion of some new policies within the Scottish Government’s new Climate Change Plan, but remains rather unspecific on funding commitments to carry out the plans. The…