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Transform briefs parliament ahead of debate on Cycle Capacity on Scotland’s Railways

Transform Scotland has today issued a briefing to all MSPs ahead of a debate on cycle capacity on rail services in Scotland. The debate focuses on concerns that commitments made on the number of bike spaces on rail services north of the Central Belt were being weakened. Concerns had been raised that this could hinder the development of cycle…

Lack of transparency causes uncertainty over City Deals

Transform Scotland yesterday responded to the Local Government and Communities Committee’s call for evidence on the City Deals. Despite offering potential to transform cities across Scotland and boost economic growth, there is a huge amount of uncertainty as to what the City Deals will achieve for Scotland and its transport system. Our response highlighted concerns that…

NTS Review must tackle transport failures head on

Transform Scotland has recently responded to the Scottish Government’s consultation survey on the National Transport Strategy (NTS) Review. The response highlights the failings of the current Scottish transport system, and highlights areas which need urgent attention in the NTS Review to deliver affordable, fair, and sustainable transport for everyone in Scotland. Some of the key…

Scottish Budget consultation: Process is “entirely broken”

Transform Scotland has today criticised the Scottish Parliament’s Budget scrutiny process in evidence submitted to the Parliament’s Finance Committee. Transform was highly critical of multiple aspects of the Budget review process, including: A lack of time given to allow effective scrutiny of the Budget by parliamentary commitees A lack of transparency on the breakdown of spending on…

Transform & SCCS make views knows to Parliament on ADT Bill

Ahead of the Scottish Parliamentary debate on the Air Departure Tax Bill due on Tuesday 25 April, Transform Scotland have joined with Stop Climate Chaos Scotland to issue a parliamentary briefing. The briefing sets out the following key points: Cutting Air Passenger Duty (APD) by 50% would reduce Scottish Government revenue by around £150 million…

Welcome for average speed cameras on the A90

Commenting on the Scottish Government transport minister Humza Yousaf MSP’s announcement that average speed cameras will be installed on the A90 between Dundee and Stonehaven, Transform Scotland’s rail campaigner Paul Tetlaw commented: “All measures to improve road safety are to be welcomed – all road users benefit whether they are in a private car, a…

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…