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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.


TRAC research shows Scotland is leading the way on electric vehicles

11 October 2017

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

03 October 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

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…


Transport and Travel statistics: Scottish Budget must favour sustainable transport to reverse worrying declines

26 September 2017

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

25 September 2017

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…


ADT and Climate Change Bills will show Government’s true intentions on transport and climate change

25 September 2017

Two important consultations which will determine Scotland’s action on climate change have recently come to a close. The Air Departure Tax Bill – which sets out proposals to cut aviation tax – and the Climate Change Bill – setting out proposals on long term carbon reduction targets – will both have a significant impact on…


Notice of Transform Scotland 2017 Annual General Meeting

14 September 2017

Dear Members I’m writing to give you notice of two events we’re holding this autumn: Thursday 26 October: Transform Scotland Annual General Meeting & Campaign Launch, Glasgow City Chambers, 18:30-20:15 * Wednesday 22 November: Transform Scotland 20th Anniversary Celebration, Edinburgh City Chambers, 18:30-20:30 (approx) For our AGM this year, we are grateful for the hospitality…


Low Emission Zones: A positive step, but support for Local Authorities is vital

06 September 2017

Yesterday’s Programme for Government revealed a welcome commitment to establish a Low Emission Zone (LEZ) in Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Dundee by 2020. This was today followed up with an announcement from Humza Yousaf MSP, Minister for Transport and the Islands, of a new consultation on LEZs. LEZs are one of the most effective tools…


Programme for Government: Welcome news for sustainable transport

05 September 2017

Commenting on the Scottish Government’s announcements in the Programme for Government, Transform Scotland Director Colin Howden said: “The Government’s commitment to double the active travel budget to £80 million from 2018/19 is very welcome. With strong leadership at the local level, and a commitment to continuing this investment over the coming years, this will help to develop quality…


Queensferry Crossing: Now time for public transport to take priority

30 August 2017

Commenting on the opening of the Queensferry Crossing, Colin Howden, Director of Transform Scotland, said: “The Government stated that an additional crossing was needed because of concerns over the structural integrity of the existing bridge. As part of the decision to go ahead with the Queensferry Crossing, there was a specific commitment that the Forth…


New research shows shift from air to rail has cut carbon in Scotland-London travel market

21 August 2017

Transform Scotland has today published its new report ‘A Green Journey to Growth’. The report looks at the carbon savings already achieved by shifting travel from air to rail between Central Scotland and London, and highlights the additional emissions that would be saved should rail continue its progress towards a 50% share of the travel…


Inequality in transport prices continues to increase

15 August 2017

Today it was revealed that rail fares are set to increase by as much as 3.6% from January 2018, continuing a trend of rising prices for rail passengers over many years. Price increases in Scotland will be lower than those in England and Wales due to a cap introduced by the Scottish Government. However, rail passengers – particularly…


Priority for private cars is major barrier to clean air: Evidence to the ECCLR Committee on air quality

09 August 2017

Transform Scotland has recently responded to the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee’s call for evidence on air quality in Scotland. Our response highlights the failings of the Scottish Government and Local Authorities to improve air quality. Despite positive messages from all levels of government on the need to improve air quality, this has to…


New urban speed limit would offer huge opportunities for safer, healthier streets

02 August 2017

Transform Scotland has today responded the Scottish Parliament’s consultation on the Proposed Restricted Roads (20mph Limit) (Scotland) Bill. The Bill, proposed by Mark Ruskell MSP, sets out proposals to implement a new default 20 mph speed limit in urban areas in Scotland. The benefits of 20 mph limits are clear: reduced casualties and injuries for pedestrians,…


Electrification of Shotts Line presents opportunities to transform the route

26 July 2017

Source: Network Rail media library Transform Scotland has prepared a briefing paper in response to the Network Rail proposals for closure of Breich Station in West Lothian. We argue that the electrification of the Shotts Line combined with new three-car trains offers the chance to truly transform the route and significantly boost patronage. Colin Howden,…


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

17 July 2017

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…


Tom Hart’s transport news, 1 April to 30 June 2017

30 June 2017

This commentary is from Tom Hart from Scottish Association for Public Transport, although they’re his own personal views.   MAIN NEW ISSUES Localised air quality and action to cut greenhouse gas reductions (despite opposition from President Trump) receive prominence as well as new policy on the need to cut damaging diesel emissions. Transport had a…


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

21 June 2017

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

13 June 2017

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

24 May 2017

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

03 May 2017

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

02 May 2017

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”

28 April 2017

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

25 April 2017

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…


Transform joins call for a Clean Air Act fit for the 21st Century

07 April 2017

We’re pleased to announce that we’ve recently become a Supporter of the Healthy Air campaign. The Healthy Air campaign brings together a wide range of organisations from all across the UK who together are calling for a new Clean Air Act. Air pollution – the main cause of which is road traffic – is affecting…