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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.


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…


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…