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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.


The North-South Railway Divide: Rail revolution needed to cut journey times going north

14 May 2018

Transform Scotland has today revealed research highlighting huge disparities in rail journey times north and south of the Central Belt. ‘The North-South Railway Divide’, published as part of the Inter-City Express campaign, compares journey times from the Central Belt to Inverness, Perth, Dundee and Aberdeen, to journeys heading south of the Border. The research found…


Welcome for East Lothian transport strategy proposals

10 May 2018

Transform Scotland has submitted its views to East Lothian Council in response to its consultation on a new Local Transport Strategy. Colin Howden, director of Transform Scotland said: “There is good intention in the new draft Local Transport Strategy, with the problems and challenges comprehensively described. However, meeting the objectives depends on focussed projects with…


Fixing the local road network should be the focus for Scottish roads policy

09 May 2018

Transform Scotland have circulated a parliamentary motion in advance of the Wednesday 9 May Scottish Parliament debate on road maintance led by Rachael Hamilton MSP. Colin Howden, director of Transform Scotland, commented: “The Scottish Government should prioritise fixing the local road network ahead of pursuing a £9 billion trunk road building programme. This would benefit…


More funding for walking and cycling is welcome news

08 May 2018

The Scottish Government has revealed that a fund to create walking and cycling routes will be more than doubled. The Community Links Fund, which will be increased to £36 million, allows public bodies and community trusts to develop safe and high quality cycle routes across Scotland. The increase comes as part of the recently doubled…


Who’s in the Driving Seat? Why sustainable transport needs local leadership

04 May 2018

Transform Scotland have published a series of recommendations for improving the delivery of local, sustainable transport. The series of recommendations were set out by Transform Scotland director Colin Howden at the Society of Chief Officers in Transportation in Scotland (SCOTS) annual seminar being held in Pitlochry today. Colin Howden said: “Most transport is local, and…


Transform calls for “ineffective” Transport Acts to be scrutinised by Parliament

30 April 2018

Transform Scotland has presented its views to the Rural Economy and Connectivity (REC) Committee on the scrutiny of Government legislation. The REC Committee’s Call for Evidence, which closes today, invites views on whether Acts passed since the founding of the Scottish Parliament have been effective. Transform Scotland’s response focuses on several Acts passed by the…


Tram extension will unlock huge opportunities for Leith and Newhaven

24 April 2018

Transform Scotland has given its views on the City of Edinburgh Council’s consultation on extending the trams to Newhaven. The consultation, which runs until Sunday 29 April, focuses on the proposals to extend the tram network to Leith and Newhaven, and allows the public and organisations to have their say on the proposals. Our consultation…


Glasgow Airport airspace change: Noise pollution and emissions must be key priorities

13 April 2018

Transform Scotland has today responded to Glasgow Airport’s airspace change consultation, voicing concerns over the threat of increased noise pollution and carbon emissions. The Airport’s public consultation presented an opportunity for the public to have their say on plans to change the flight paths to and from Glasgow Airport. The Airport justified the introduction of…


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…