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Buses should be more central to Scottish transport policy

Commenting on the KPMG report ‘Trends in Scottish bus patronage’ for CPT Scotland, Transform Scotland director Colin Howden said: “It is imperative for Scotland to have strong bus services to provide a compelling alternative to private car use. In urban areas, we need to see action for the strict enforcement of existing bus lanes, improved…

Welcome steps on active travel, but much more to be done to meet targets

Transform Scotland has issued a briefing ahead of today’s parliamentary debate on active travel in Scotland. The briefing welcomes the Scottish Government’s announcement of increased funding for walking and cycling from £39 million to £80 million from 2018/19. However, a number of serious issues are highlighted, including the failure to increase cycling rates. Currently only…

New campaign seeks public’s ideas to “transform transport in Scotland”

Transform Scotland has today launched a new campaign, #Transform20, to hear the public’s ideas to transform transport in Scotland. #Transform20 welcomes members of the public and organisations to submit their best ideas to improve Scotland’s transport system and deliver sustainable, affordable, reliable transport for everyone. The twenty best ideas will be selected by an expert judging…

TRAC research shows Scotland is leading the way on electric vehicles

Research published by WWF Scotland today shows that Scotland has world leading targets on phasing out the use of petrol and diesel cars. The research – carried out by Transform Scotland’s social enterprise research consultancy TRAC – put Scotland in the top six countries globally* for setting targets for the use of electric vehicles. The…

Transform Scotland Annual Report 2017

We are pleased to publish our Annual Report for 2017. It’s been another exciting year, with new campaigns and research launched and our social enterprises going from strength to strength, as we continue to make the case for a sustainable transport system which works for everyone. There is still however much more work to be done. We…

Tom Hart’s transport notes, 1 July to 30 September 2017

This commentary is from Tom Hart from Scottish Association for Public Transport, although they’re his own personal views.   MAIN NEW ISSUES UK government announces long delayed plans to improve air quality and health (and also reducing greenhouse gas emissions). This proposes a ban on sale of new diesel and petrol cars and vans by…

Glasgow Transport Summit presentation

Transform Scotland director Colin Howden’s presentation to today’s Glasgow Transport Summit is now available. The Summit was hosted by Glasgow City Council’s transport convenor Cllr Anna Richardson and held in the Glasgow City Chambers.

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…