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Transport and Travel statistics: Scottish Budget must favour sustainable transport to reverse worrying declines

Transport Scotland has today published new statistics which highlight worrying trends for sustainable modes of transport. ‘Transport and Travel in Scotland 2016′, compiled by the Office for National Statistics, shows a decline in people walking to work and using the bus, and an increase in journeys made by plane and car between 2015 and 2016. There were…

Time for public transport to take priority: Transform features in the Transport Times

Our Communications and Public Affairs Officer Jamie Wylie has recently featured in the Transport Times, writing about the Queensferry Crossing and the need for greater priority for public transport between Edinburgh and Fife. “Whilst undoubtedly an amazing engineering feat, the bridge represents a worrying trend in Scottish transport of increasing priority for private cars ahead…

Low Emission Zones: A positive step, but support for Local Authorities is vital

Yesterday’s Programme for Government revealed a welcome commitment to establish a Low Emission Zone (LEZ) in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Dundee by 2020. This was today followed up with an announcement from Humza Yousaf MSP, Minister for Transport and the Islands, of a new consultation on LEZs. LEZs are one of the most effective tools…

Programme for Government: Welcome news for sustainable transport

Commenting on the Scottish Government’s announcements in the Programme for Government, Transform Scotland Director Colin Howden said: “The Government’s commitment to double the active travel budget to £80 million from 2018/19 is very welcome. With strong leadership at the local level, and a commitment to continuing this investment over the coming years, this will help to develop quality…

Queensferry Crossing: Now time for public transport to take priority

Commenting on the opening of the Queensferry Crossing, Colin Howden, Director of Transform Scotland, said: “The Government stated that an additional crossing was needed because of concerns over the structural integrity of the existing bridge. As part of the decision to go ahead with the Queensferry Crossing, there was a specific commitment that the Forth…

New research shows shift from air to rail has cut carbon in Scotland-London travel market

Transform Scotland has today published its new report ‘A Green Journey to Growth’. The report looks at the carbon savings already achieved by shifting travel from air to rail between Central Scotland and London, and highlights the additional emissions that would be saved should rail continue its progress towards a 50% share of the travel…

Priority for private cars is major barrier to clean air: Evidence to the ECCLR Committee on air quality

Transform Scotland has recently responded to the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee’s call for evidence on air quality in Scotland. Our response highlights the failings of the Scottish Government and Local Authorities to improve air quality. Despite positive messages from all levels of government on the need to improve air quality, this has to…

New urban speed limit would offer huge opportunities for safer, healthier streets

Transform Scotland has today responded the Scottish Parliament’s consultation on the Proposed Restricted Roads (20mph Limit) (Scotland) Bill. The Bill, proposed by Mark Ruskell MSP, sets out proposals to implement a new default 20 mph speed limit in urban areas in Scotland. The benefits of 20 mph limits are clear: reduced casualties and injuries for pedestrians,…