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University of Strathclyde joins Transform Scotland

We are so pleased to welcome the University of Strathclyde into the membership of Transform Scotland. By joining us, the University demonstrates its commitment to pioneering the very best in active and sustainable travel for its staff and students. They will be particularly important partners in helping Glasgow to meet its aim of becoming carbon…

Scottish Budget: “This is in no way a Climate Emergency response”

Responding to the publication of the draft Scottish Budget for 2020-21, Colin Howden, director of Transform Scotland, said: “Existing Scottish Government capital expenditure plans systematically favour high-carbon over low-carbon infrastructure. [1] “Transport is the largest sector for climate emissions. Today’s announcement of an extra £500m on low-carbon spend will barely turn the dial. This is…

New transport strategy fails to set out concrete programme of action to tackle the Climate Emergency

NEW TRANSPORT STRATEGY FAILS TO SET OUT CONCRETE PROGRAMME OF ACTION TO TACKLE THE CLIMATE EMERGENCY: “Simple hypocrisy” to talk of global climate emergencies whilst prioritising new high-carbon infrastructure spend   Transform Scotland has today (Wednesday 5 February) responded to the publication of the Scottish Government’s new National Transport Strategy. [1] [2] Colin Howden, Director…

Scotland’s Bus industry gathers to set out Vision for 2030

Transform Scotland MEDIA RELEASE Scotland’s Bus industry gathers to set out Vision for 2030 Bus companies across Scotland are getting together to set out a Vision for 2030 for Bus highlighting the importance of buses in tackling the climate emergency. Bus is often overlooked as part of the solution to tackling the Climate Emergency. Yet…

Sheriffhall scheme at odds with Ministers’ Climate Emergency commitments

We have today submitted our objection to Transport Scotland’s proposal for a £120 million roundabout on the Edinburgh city bypass. Transform have objected to the proposals on the grounds that it will fail to reduce congestion, that the high cost could be better spent in sustainable transport investment, and that the scheme is incompatible with…

Scottish rail electrification outperforming South of the Border

Tangent Magazine released the article, “Leaping Over Obstacles at Rail: North of the Border” from their discussions at the annual Rail: North of the Border dinner in Glasgow in September 2019. Rail in Scotland has made fantastic progress on electrification in recent years, outperforming that seen South of the Border. Paul Tetlaw, Transform Scotland Rail…

#lovemybus parliamentary reception

The #lovemybus campaign has held a well-received reception in the Scottish Parliament. The event, hosted by Kilmarnock and Loudoun MSP Willie Coffey, welcomed senior figures in the bus industry, representatives from across the sustainable transport sector, and a cross-party selection of MSPs, for an update on the progress of the #lovemybus campaign. Willie Coffey welcomed guests,…

Strong focus on demand management in Infrastructure Commission report praised

Transform Scotland welcomes the ‘Key findings report’ published today by the Infrastructure Commission for Scotland. Amongst other things, the report calls for the prioritisation of “all new infrastructure investment decisions based on their contribution to the delivery of an inclusive net zero carbon economy”. (report p8) Transform director Colin Howden said: “The Commission establishes a…

A decade of delays to improved cross-Forth public transport

Transform Scotland has made its views known to the Scottish Parliament’s transport committee ahead of its scrutiny this morning (Wednesday 8 January) of the Queensferry Crossing Public Transport Strategy. The committee was taking evidence from Transport Scotland and other witnesses. Commenting on the evidence session, Transform spokesperson Chris Day said: “At the committee meeting this…