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New Transform Consulting research shows cycling worth over £500 million to Scottish economy

New research published today by Cycling Scotland has shown that cycling is worth more than half a billion pounds a year to the Scottish economy. The research – undertaken by our research consultancy Transform Consulting – looked into the value of manufacturing, retail & tourism activity related to cycling. The report finds that cycling makes a…

Scottish Budget: Welcome for local rail ‘Pipeline Fund’

Responding to today’s Scottish Budget debate in the Scottish Parliament, Transform Scotland’s rail spokesperson Paul Tetlaw has welcomed the proposal from finance secretary Derek Mackay MSP for a £2m “pipeline fund for local rail projects”. [1] Paul Tetlaw commented: “We welcome the creation of a Pipeline Fund to assist with the development of projects for…

Scottish Budget: low carbon commitments encouraging

Responding to this afternoon’s Scottish Parliament debate on the Scottish Budget 2018-19, Transform Scotland director Colin Howden commented: “The commitment from finance secretary Derek Mackay that the share of investment in low carbon infrastructure will rise for the remainder of this Parliament is very welcome. The Scottish Government’s capital expenditure plans for transport have become…

Forth Road Bridge: Failure to deliver commitments threatens public transport corridor

Transform Scotland has today raised concerns over a lack of action to deliver public transport improvements as part of the Queensferry Crossing development. A briefing published by Transform Scotland shows that many of the commitments made in the Forth Replacement Crossing Public Transport Strategy (PTS) have not been delivered — more than 8 years after…

Scottish Budget must prioritise sustainable transport to tackle climate change

Transform Scotland has welcomed the Environment Committee’s warning that cuts in the Scottish Budget could hinder the Government’s action on climate change, but stresses that more needs to be done to tackle transport emissions. Successive Scottish Budgets have prioritised unsustainable transport ahead of public transport, walking and cycling, resulting in transport now being the largest source…

Low carbon funding must support bikes and buses, not just cars

The Scottish Government has today announced a £60 million fund to support low-carbon innovation across the country. The Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme will support innovative projects across various sectors – including transport projects such as charging networks for electric vehicles – to support a transition towards clean energy. Funding available includes investment of up to £100,000 for…

Parliamentary scrutiny of Scottish Budget “broken” and “farcical”

Transform Scotland has welcomed the remarks of the Scottish Parliament’s Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee that the current scrutiny process for the Scottish Budget allowed “[in]sufficient depth and quality” in its consideration of the Budget. [1] Colin Howden, director of Transform Scotland said: “The Scottish budget process has been broken for several years but this…

Glasgow Airport flight path proposals: Noise pollution and emissions must be key priority

Glasgow Airport has today announced proposals to change flight paths around Glasgow and south-west Scotland. Commenting on the news, Jamie Wylie, Communications Officer, said: “We’ll be taking a close look at Glasgow Airport’s proposals. “Aircraft noise is a major problem worldwide, causing significant public health problems, so we’ll be reviewing what these new proposals mean for…

City Deals need urgent review for climate and equalities

The Local Government and Communities Committee has today published its report on the City Region Deals. The report draws on evidence gathered by the LGC Committee in recent months, and makes a number of conclusions and recommendations on the City Region Deal process. Among the Committee’s findings are: There is a mismatch between the objectives…