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Transport Transition Plan full of good intentions, but nothing concrete on fairness

Responding to this afternoon’s publication of the Transport Transition Plan, Transform director Colin Howden said: “The Plan is full of good intentions on both fairness and a ‘green recovery’ but, as yet, says nothing concrete on either. “Transport inequalities may have been unavoidable during the initial phase of lockdown, but it’s critical that decisive action…

May Newsletter — Fighting for a Green and Just Recovery

We are today sharing our May Newsletter. You can read the newsletter in full here. It covers: Our call for a green and just recovery to the Coronavirus pandemic. A series of consultations relating to sustainable transport we would encourage those interested to consider responding to. A summary of our response to Transport Scotland’s call…

Light rail networks key to tackling congestion in Scotland’s major cities

We have today published our proposal for ‘Light Rail Networks in Scotland’s Major Cities‘ in response to the Scottish Government’s consultation on the new National Planning Framework (NPF4). Congestion poses a serious threat to the future of Scotland’s cities and their prospects for growth, and a modern public transport system is an important factor in…

Parliament’s transport committee takes evidence from Government on coronavirus response

The Scottish Parliament’s Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee is this morning taking evidence from the Scottish Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity, Michael Matheson MSP, on the Government’s response to COVID-19. In advance of the session, we submitted the following comments to the committee regarding the Scottish Government’s approach to planning the response…

Rail investment needed to again provide competitive journey times

We have today published our proposal for a systemic enhancement to the inter-city rail infrastructure north of the Central Belt so that rail can again provide competitive journey times between Scotland’s cities. This call is made as part of Transform’s response to the Scottish Government consultation on the National Planning Framework 4 (NPF4). Transform Scotland…

Transform Scotland May Newsletter — Director’s Note

  We’ve been hard at work (from home, of course) communicating the changes needed post-lockdown. While there are definitely prospects for a more sustainable future, many of our members are understandably concerned about the financial sustainability of public transport services, and to conditions for walkers and cyclists should the lifting of the lockdown lead to…

Transform Scotland May Newsletter — Campaigns Update

On 29 April, we published our response to Transport Scotland’s call for views on the Strategic Transport Projects Review ‘case for change’ report. Our full response is available here. The Government’s transport capital spending over the last decade has been grotesquely skewed in favour of new road-building, leading to transport now being the largest source of climate…

Transform Scotland May Newsletter — Members’ Profile

CoMoUK is a charity that promotes the environmental, economic, health and social benefits of shared transport for the public good. We are partly funded by Transport Scotland to support the development of shared transport modes, with a focus on car clubs and bike share schemes. CoMoUK’s membership in Scotland includes all sizeable bike share schemes,…

RFG and Transform call for a National Low-Carbon Freight Network

We have today, alongside Rail Freight Group (RFG), published our joint proposal for a ‘National Low-Carbon Freight Network’ in response to the Scottish Government’s consultation on the new National Planning Framework (NPF4). Joe O’Donnell, Rail Freight Group’s Head of Policy, said: “Granting our proposed National Low-Carbon Freight Network national development status is a real opportunity…

Huge opportunity for permanent shift to walking and cycling: Ramblers, Cycling UK & Transform proposals for NPF4

We have today published a joint response to the National Planning Framework 4 (NPF4) Scottish Government consultation on National Walking and Cycling Infrastructure with Ramblers Scotland and Cycling UK. Helen Todd, Ramblers Scotland’s campaigns & policy manager, said: “Together we’re calling for a transformative investment in our national path network, to make walking and cycling…