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On this page, you will find the latest news from Transform Scotland, with the occasional contribution from some of our member groups.


Better Buses debate: Time to give buses priority to reverse decline

28 March 2018

Ahead of today’s debate in Parliament on ‘Better Buses’, we’ve issued a briefing to MSPs on bus services. The briefing outlines issues affecting bus passengers and operators, and makes several key points: Bus priority measures need to be introduced, enforced and maintained in order to provide reliable and convenient services. Glasgow City Council’s Low Emission…


City Region Deals: A good deal for sustainable transport?

27 March 2018

Ahead of today’s debate in Parliament on the City Region Deals, we’ve issued a briefing to MSPs expressing our concerns about the Deals. The briefing outlines several key points: City Region Deals (CRDs) have the potential to improve sustainable transport in Scotland’s cities, but must be more transparent and should improve their public engagement All…


Glasgow LEZ hands a free pass to private cars

19 March 2018

Last week Glasgow City Council released their draft proposals for a Low Emission Zone in the city. The draft plans propose that only the most polluting buses will be targeted by 2022, whilst no plans have been made for tackling private vehicles. Colin Howden, Director of Transform Scotland, commented: “It is unacceptable that Glasgow’s LEZ proposals…


Driverless cars & passenger-less buses?: Parliamentary briefing paper

15 March 2018

Transform Scotland have release a parliamentary briefing ahead of this lunchtime’s Scottish Parliament debate on driverless cars. The parliamentary debate is being led by Ivan McKee MSP. Colin Howden, director of Transform Scotland, said: “We agree with Ivan McKee that driverless cars should be a matter of interest to the Scottish Government. “There are however…


Welcome for Edinburgh’s plans for tram scheme extension

07 March 2018

Commenting on The City of Edinburgh Council’s consultation on its plans to extend the Edinburgh Tram scheme to Leith and Newhaven, Transform Scotland spokesperson Paul Tetlaw said: “It is encouraging to read that the majority of Leith residents believe that the extension of the trams will make a positive contribution to the area and that…


Climate Plan: Parliament recommendations on transport ignored

28 February 2018

Commenting on the publication of the final version of the Climate Change Plan, Transform Scotland director Colin Howden said: “There are many welcome proposals set out in the transport section of the Climate Change Plan. Low Emission Zones, investment in low carbon ferries and rail electrification, and the longer-term phase-out of fossil fuel vehicles all…


Transport statistics: More evidence that APD tax cut badly misdirected

28 February 2018

Responding to Transport Scotland’s publication today of ‘Scottish Transport Statistics 2017’, Transform Scotland director Colin Howden commented: “The Government’s own statistics again demonstrate the folly of its intended £300m annual tax giveway to the aviation industry, which it intends by scrapping Air Passenger Duty. Its own publication shows that aviation is the form of transport…


Cars in Low Emission Zones: welcome for Parliamentary report’s recommendations

28 February 2018

Transform Scotland have welcomed the report of the ‘Air Quality in Scotland Inquiry’ carried out by the Scottish Parliament’s Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee. [1] Colin Howden, Transform Scotland’s director, said: “We were very happy to provide written and oral evidence to the Parliament’s environment committee, and are pleased with the range of…


Climate Plan: Ministers must prioritise walking, cycling and public transport

28 February 2018

Ahead of Thursday afternoon’s Ministerial Statement on the Climate Change Plan, Transform Scotland has set out its views on what will make a successful plan for tackling carbon emissions from Scotland’s transport sector. Transform Scotland holds that the final Climate Change Plan must give greater priority to walking, cycling and public transport to deliver wider…


Ryanair claims regarding APD tax cuts “ludicrous”

27 February 2018

Commenting on Ryanair’s claims today regarding Air Passenger Duty, Colin Howden, Director of Transform Scotland, said: “It’s ludicrous that Ryanair are claiming that its decision to pull out of Glasgow Airport is due to the aviation industry not being handed yet another tax cut by government. Airlines pay no tax on aviation fuel, there is…


Health, equalities and emissions must be at the forefront of Government’s infrastructure plans

20 February 2018

Transform Scotland has responded to the Scottish Government’s announcement this morning on the Strategic Transport Projects Review (‘STPR2’). Commenting on the announcement, Colin Howden, Director of Transform Scotland, said: “Before making decisions about investment in infrastructure, the Scottish Government needs to take a step back and think about how transport infrastructure can be used to…


New Transform Consulting research shows cycling worth over £500 million to Scottish economy

05 February 2018

New research published today by Cycling Scotland has shown that cycling is worth more than half a billion pounds a year to the Scottish economy. The research – undertaken by our research consultancy Transform Consulting – looked into the value of manufacturing, retail & tourism activity related to cycling. The report finds that cycling makes a…


Scottish Budget: Welcome for local rail ‘Pipeline Fund’

31 January 2018

Responding to today’s Scottish Budget debate in the Scottish Parliament, Transform Scotland’s rail spokesperson Paul Tetlaw has welcomed the proposal from finance secretary Derek Mackay MSP for a £2m “pipeline fund for local rail projects”. [1] Paul Tetlaw commented: “We welcome the creation of a Pipeline Fund to assist with the development of projects for…


Scottish Budget: low carbon commitments encouraging

31 January 2018

Responding to this afternoon’s Scottish Parliament debate on the Scottish Budget 2018-19, Transform Scotland director Colin Howden commented: “The commitment from finance secretary Derek Mackay that the share of investment in low carbon infrastructure will rise for the remainder of this Parliament is very welcome. The Scottish Government’s capital expenditure plans for transport have become…


Buses debate: Time for Government to tackle the key causes of bus decline

31 January 2018

Transform Scotland has published a briefing ahead of today’s Members’ Debate on bus services in Parliament. The briefing highlights key issues for bus services in Scotland and calls on the Scottish Government to: Set out its aspirations for service levels, including network coverage, frequencies, fares, environmental standards and customer care Examine why patronage trends differ…


Forth Road Bridge: Failure to deliver commitments threatens public transport corridor

31 January 2018

Transform Scotland has today raised concerns over a lack of action to deliver public transport improvements as part of the Queensferry Crossing development. A briefing published by Transform Scotland shows that many of the commitments made in the Forth Replacement Crossing Public Transport Strategy (PTS) have not been delivered — more than 8 years after…


Scottish Budget must prioritise sustainable transport to tackle climate change

24 January 2018

Transform Scotland has welcomed the Environment Committee’s warning that cuts in the Scottish Budget could hinder the Government’s action on climate change, but stresses that more needs to be done to tackle transport emissions. Successive Scottish Budgets have prioritised unsustainable transport ahead of public transport, walking and cycling, resulting in transport now being the largest source…


A90 average speed cameras: Time to extend scheme to all trunk roads

23 January 2018

Figures released by Transport Scotland from the A90 average speed cameras have shown a massive reduction in dangerous driving. Since the introduction of average speed cameras last year only one in every 100 vehicles broke the speed limit, compared to three in every five cars speeding before the scheme. The results also show that only…


Low carbon funding must support bikes and buses, not just cars

22 January 2018

The Scottish Government has today announced a £60 million fund to support low-carbon innovation across the country. The Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme will support innovative projects across various sectors – including transport projects such as charging networks for electric vehicles – to support a transition towards clean energy. Funding available includes investment of up to £100,000 for…


Parliamentary scrutiny of Scottish Budget “broken” and “farcical”

19 January 2018

Transform Scotland has welcomed the remarks of the Scottish Parliament’s Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee that the current scrutiny process for the Scottish Budget allowed “[in]sufficient depth and quality” in its consideration of the Budget. [1] Colin Howden, director of Transform Scotland said: “The Scottish budget process has been broken for several years but this…


Glasgow Airport flight path proposals: Noise pollution and emissions must be key priority

15 January 2018

Glasgow Airport has today announced proposals to change flight paths around Glasgow and south-west Scotland. Commenting on the news, Jamie Wylie, Communications Officer, said: “We’ll be taking a close look at Glasgow Airport’s proposals. “Aircraft noise is a major problem worldwide, causing significant public health problems, so we’ll be reviewing what these new proposals mean for…


City Deals need urgent review for climate and equalities

08 January 2018

The Local Government and Communities Committee has today published its report on the City Region Deals. The report draws on evidence gathered by the LGC Committee in recent months, and makes a number of conclusions and recommendations on the City Region Deal process. Among the Committee’s findings are: There is a mismatch between the objectives…


Scottish Budget: Regressive aviation tax cut proposals undermine improved transport plans

14 December 2017

The Scottish Government has today revealed its draft budget for 2018-19. Among the key announcements for the transport budget were: A continued commitment to cut Air Passenger Duty Bus budget increased by £14.7 million Ferry services budget increased by £59.5 million Roads budget decreased by £135.5 million Rail budget increased by £33.0 million Doubling of…


Smart ticketing: Time to deliver fully integrated transport across Scotland

06 December 2017

Transform Scotland yesterday responded to the Scottish Government’s consultation on smart ticketing. The consultation sets out proposals to provide a nation-wide smart ticketing programme covering multiple modes of transport. Whilst we support the principle of smart ticketing across Scotland, it is vital that such a scheme is fully integrated with all modes of public transport…


Buses consultation “a missed opportunity” to tackle bus decline

05 December 2017

Transform Scotland has today responded to the Scottish Government’s consultation on local bus services. The response highlights concerns that the consultation misses an opportunity to address the factors underlying the long-term decline in bus use. Failing to introduce legislation which tackles these factors risks a further decline in both patronage and services across Scotland. Whilst…