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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 knows 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…


Welcome targets, but stronger actions needed: Transform responds to Energy Strategy

03 April 2017

Transform Scotland has today responded to the Scottish Government’s consultation on the Energy Strategy. The Energy Strategy sets out proposals for Scotland’s energy system over the next fifty years. The standout target from the Strategy is a target for 50% of all energy to come from renewable sources by 2030. The Strategy includes some positive…


Tom Hart’s transport notes, January to March 2017

31 March 2017

Tom Hart of Scottish Association for Public Transport (SAPT) comments on transport developments over the past three months. News Notes 1 Jan 17 to 31 March 17     Three main features dominated the news- First  A rise of media interest in the importance of much improved air quality, especially in cities Second increased emphasis on reassessment…


Welcome for average speed cameras on the A90

29 March 2017

Commenting on the Scottish Government transport minister Humza Yousaf MSP’s announcement that average speed cameras will be installed on the A90 between Dundee and Stonehaven, Transform Scotland’s rail campaigner Paul Tetlaw commented: “All measures to improve road safety are to be welcomed – all road users benefit whether they are in a private car, a…


Rail freight not playing a big enough role in serving North East

23 March 2017

Commenting on Transport Scotland’s announcement of a dedicated team to look at options for rail capacity improvements between Aberdeen and Dundee, David Spaven, the Scottish representative of the Rail Freight Group said: “The new team is welcome, but the proof of its value will be in the quality and timescale of delivery of transformative rail…


Government urged to be bolder in Climate Plan

15 March 2017

Transform Scotland has issued a briefing on the draft Climate Change Plan (CCP), urging the Scottish Government to commit to more action on active travel, buses and demand management. The recommendation come ahead of a debate on the CCP in the Scottish Parliament this Thursday (16th), when Parliament will consider the recommendations of the four…


REC Committee calls for stronger transport policy in Climate Plan

10 March 2017

The Scottish Parliament’s Rural Economy and Connectivity (REC) Committee has today published its findings on the Scottish Government’s draft Climate Change Plan (CCP). After taking evidence from a range of stakeholders in February, the REC Committee has made a series of recommendations to the Scottish Government on improvements that should be made to the Policies…


Rail consultation: Government urged to reconnect communities across Scotland

01 March 2017

Transform Scotland NEWS RELEASE Wednesday 1 March 2017 GOVERNMENT URGED TO RECONNECT COMMUNITIES ACROSS SCOTLAND: Transform Scotland sets out its response to Government rail consultation Transform Scotland [1] has today urged the Scottish Government to investigate the reopening of former rail routes across Scotland to reconnect communities with the rest of the country. The recommendation…


Scottish Budget continues to favour unsustainable transport

23 February 2017

Transform Scotland has published a short briefing ahead of today’s final (‘Stage 3’) debate on the Scottish Budget 2017-18. Commenting, Transform Scotland director Colin Howden said: “This afternoon sees the final vote on the Scottish Government budget for 2017-18. With cuts to the bus budget, frozen investment in active travel, less cash for local authorities…


Worrying fall in bus use in new Government statistics

22 February 2017

Transform Scotland NEWS RELEASE Wednesday 22 February 2017 WORRYING FALL IN BUS USE IN NEW GOVERNMENT STATISTICS: ‘Scottish Transport Statistics 2016’ shows bus use in continued decline Transform Scotland [1] has today commented on the worrying decline in bus use shown in Transport Scotland’s ‘Scottish Transport Statistics 2016’, published today. [2] The new report shows…


Aviation tax cut will benefit wealthiest in society

22 February 2017

Transform Scotland NEWS RELEASE Wednesday 22 February 2017 AVIATION TAX CUT WILL BENEFIT WEALTHIEST IN SOCIETY Transform Scotland [1] has today criticised the Scottish Government’s proposals to cut taxes for the aviation industry. The criticism comes ahead of Transform Scotland’s appearance later today (Wednesday) in front of the Scottish Parliament’s Finance and Constitution Committee as…


Climate plan priorities fail on equalities, health, congestion and the economy

10 February 2017

Transform Scotland NEWS RELEASE Friday 10 February 2017 CLIMATE PLAN PRIORITIES FAIL ON EQUALITIES, HEALTH, CONGESTION AND THE ECONOMY Transform Scotland [1] has today called for stronger action to tackle transport emissions in the draft Climate Change Plan. The criticism comes on the final day for evidence to be submitted to the Scottish Parliamentary committees…


Transform submits evidence on the Climate Change Plan

08 February 2017

Transform Scotland has today submitted evidence to the ECCLR and REC Committee on the Policies and Proposals for transport in the draft third Climate Change Plan. The evidence papers highlight the shortcomings of the draft Climate Change Plan and makes a series of recommendations to reduce transport emissions whilst developing a fairer, more sensible transport…


Climate Plan makes encouraging noises on transport — but plan lacks specifics on funding

19 January 2017

Transform Scotland NEWS RELEASEFor immediate use: Thursday 19 January 2016CLIMATE PLAN MAKES ENCOURAGING NOISES ON TRANSPORT — BUT PLAN LACKS SPECIFICS ON FUNDING Transform Scotland [1] today welcomed the inclusion of some new policies within the Scottish Government’s new Climate Change Plan, but remains rather unspecific on funding commitments to carry out the plans. The…


“Long-term strategy” needed to decarbonise transport in Scotland

09 January 2017

Transform Scotland has expressed concern over the lack of progress on decarbonising the Scottish transport system. The criticism comes in the wake of research by WWF Scotland, which found that electricity production in Scotland has a significantly smaller impact on climate change when compared to the rest of the UK. Despite good progress on decarbonising electricity…


Tom Hart’s Transport News, 11 October to 31 December 2016

04 January 2017

Please note that these are the views of SAPT’s Tom Hart, and not necessarily those of Transform Scotland.   Transport News 11 Oct to 31 Dec 2016         prepared by Tom Hart email thstsg@btinternet.com CHANGING TRENDS? In what has been a year in which the world, European, UK and Scottish context for economy and society has…


Concerns raised over plans for airport expansion

21 December 2016

Transform Scotland today submitted a response to Edinburgh Airport’s Masterplan consultation. Our response sets out a number of objections with the Airport’s plans for expansion over the coming years, including the need to make better use of public transport links to the airport; concerns over the proposals to pursue new road building around the airport;…


Budget delivers further blow to prospects for sustainable transport

15 December 2016

Transform Scotland NEWS RELEASE For immediate use: Thursday 15 December 2016 ***BUDGET DELIVERS FURTHER BLOW TO PROSPECTS FOR SUSTAINABLE TRANSPORT Transform Scotland [1] today responded to the Scottish Budget announcement. Transform Scotland director Colin Howden said: “While aviation gets a massive tax break, support for buses has been cut. This will impact upon the lowest…


Tax cut for aviation poses threat to sustainable transport budgets

14 December 2016

In advance of the Scottish Budget for 2017-18, Transform Scotland has released a briefing expressing concern over the Scottish Government’s fiscal priorities for transport. The briefing, issued ahead of tomorrow’s Scottish Budget, focuses on the Government’s pursuit to cut Air Passenger Duty (APD) by 50% and highlights a number of worrying negative consequences which could arise…


Welcome for opening of Edinburgh Gateway station

11 December 2016

Transform Scotland rail campaigner Paul Tetlaw welcomed the opening of the new Edinburgh Gateway railway station, commenting: “We welcome the opening of Edinburgh Gateway Station and the onward travel connections that it provides via the Edinburgh Tram network. “The trams are already performing well ahead of projections and this interchange station will boost both tram…


Vast tax cut for the most polluting form of transport “deeply retrograde”

09 December 2016

Transform Scotland NEWS RELEASE For immediate use: Friday 9 December 2016 COMMENT ON CONSERVATIVES’ APD ANNOUNCEMENT: VAST TAX CUT FOR THE MOST POLLUTING FORM OF TRANSPORT “DEEPLY RETROGRADE” Transform Scotland [1] today commented on the Scottish Conservatives’ announcement this morning on Air Passenger Duty (APD). [2] Transform Scotland director Colin Howden said: “It is disappointing…