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Connectivity Commission highlights major challenges for Glasgow’s transport

Transform Scotland has today welcomed the interim findings of the Glasgow Connectivity Commission. Colin Howden, director of Transform Scotland, said: “The commission has highlighted some of major challenges faced by Glasgow’s transport system, the most important of which must be the worryingly rapid decline in bus use. Despite the low car ownership in the city,…

New government statistics show transport is holding back action on climate change

New statistics published today by the Scottish Government have revealed that transport is the largest source of carbon emissions in Scotland — and emissions are increasing. The Scottish Greenhouse Gas Emissions 2016 publication shows changes in emissions from each sector in Scotland between 2015 and 2016, as  well as long-term changes against the 1990 baseline targets. The…

The North-South Railway Divide: Rail revolution needed to cut journey times going north

Transform Scotland has today revealed research highlighting huge disparities in rail journey times north and south of the Central Belt. ‘The North-South Railway Divide’, published as part of the Inter-City Express campaign, compares journey times from the Central Belt to Inverness, Perth, Dundee and Aberdeen, to journeys heading south of the Border. The research found…

Welcome for East Lothian transport strategy proposals

Transform Scotland has submitted its views to East Lothian Council in response to its consultation on a new Local Transport Strategy. Colin Howden, director of Transform Scotland said: “There is good intention in the new draft Local Transport Strategy, with the problems and challenges comprehensively described. However, meeting the objectives depends on focussed projects with…

Fixing the local road network should be the focus for Scottish roads policy

Transform Scotland have circulated a parliamentary motion in advance of the Wednesday 9 May Scottish Parliament debate on road maintance led by Rachael Hamilton MSP. Colin Howden, director of Transform Scotland, commented: “The Scottish Government should prioritise fixing the local road network ahead of pursuing a £9 billion trunk road building programme. This would benefit…

More funding for walking and cycling is welcome news

The Scottish Government has revealed that a fund to create walking and cycling routes will be more than doubled. The Community Links Fund, which will be increased to £36 million, allows public bodies and community trusts to develop safe and high quality cycle routes across Scotland. The increase comes as part of the recently doubled…

Who’s in the Driving Seat? Why sustainable transport needs local leadership

Transform Scotland have published a series of recommendations for improving the delivery of local, sustainable transport. The series of recommendations were set out by Transform Scotland director Colin Howden at the Society of Chief Officers in Transportation in Scotland (SCOTS) annual seminar being held in Pitlochry today. Colin Howden said: “Most transport is local, and…

Transform calls for “ineffective” Transport Acts to be scrutinised by Parliament

Transform Scotland has presented its views to the Rural Economy and Connectivity (REC) Committee on the scrutiny of Government legislation. The REC Committee’s Call for Evidence, which closes today, invites views on whether Acts passed since the founding of the Scottish Parliament have been effective. Transform Scotland’s response focuses on several Acts passed by the…