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Transport prices should reflect true costs — Transform responds to NTS Call for Evidence

Transform Scotland has recently responded to the National Transport Strategy Research & Evidence working group’s Call for Evidence. The response focused on the transport choices, modal split and demand. Chief among the issues raised was that transport choices reflect the price of transport, which is presenting a barrier to seeing a significant shift away from…

Cut to aviation tax poses threat to Scotland’s climate targets

In advanced of yesterday’s debate in Parliament on the Air Departure Tax Bill, Transform Scotland issued a joint briefing with Stop Climate Chaos Scotland to MSPs outlining our opposition to the proposals to cut Air Passenger Duty. The Scottish Parliament voted through the Air Departure Tax Bill. Whilst the Bill itself is an enabling piece…

New emissions data exposes Government inaction on transport

Transport has today become the largest source of emissions in Scotland, government data has revealed. The data for greenhouse gas emissions in 2015, published by the Scottish Government this morning, shows that transport has overtaken energy production as the biggest contributor to climate change. The data shows that Scotland has met its target for emissions…

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 known 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…