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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.

Bruce Whyte highlights trends and challenges in active travel

09 December 2015

At the last Transform Members’ Session on 3 December we were pleased to be joined by Bruce Whyte from the Glasgow Centre for Population Health. Bruce presented an interesting talk on recent and historic trends of active travel in Scotland and highlighted some of the recent work undertaken by GCPH on sustainable transport. Thank you…

Saving the North Berwick Line

08 December 2015

Paul Tetlaw reports on a Capital Rail Action Group (CRAG) meeting held in Edinburgh on 1 December 2015: The speaker at the CRAG meeting on 1 December 2015 was Norman Hall from North Berwick and he related his role in the campaign to save the line from closure. These are my notes on his presentation…

Bridge closure an opportunity to cut Forth road traffic long-term

04 December 2015

Colin Howden, director of Transform Scotland, responds to the Forth Road Bridge closure announced today. “It’s very welcome that the Government is now encouraging people to look at car sharing and public transport alternatives for trips across the Forth. But why has it taken this unexpected closure of the Forth Road Bridge to get Scottish…

Government needs to integrate strategic transport and land use planning

02 December 2015

Transform Scotland have responded to the Scottish Government’s review of the planning system. In our response we call for greater integration between land use planning and transport planning. Colin Howden, director of Transform Scotland, said: “It is impossible to expect good integration between development planning for the cities with transport planning for these same areas…

Inverkeithing to Perth rail route safeguarded

26 November 2015

Transform Scotland’s Inter-City Express Campaign aims to see investment in the railway between the Central Belt of Scotland and Inverness brought up to the level being spent on roads (£6bn on the A9 and A96 upgrades). We are looking for a major investment programme to bring the railway up to 21st century standard by dualling…

Transform Scotland newsletter, November 2015

25 November 2015

*|MC:SUBJECT|* Transform Platform for Labour We are hosting a series of election events in the New Year. The first event on 28 January will hear from David Stewart MSP, Scottish Labour Party, about their plan for sustainable transport if elected. Further events to be announced. National Transport Strategy Debate With the “refresh” of the NTS,…

Transform Platform for Labour

25 November 2015

We’re excited to announce the first of our series of election events! In advance of the Scottish Parliament Elections, we are hosting a series of events, providing our members and the wider transport sector with the opportunity to engage with representatives of the five main political parties in Scotland. These events will take place in both Edinburgh…

Alliance of business & transport interests call for Edinburgh Tram to be built to Leith

18 November 2015

SCDI & Transform Scotland NEWS RELEASE Wednesday 18 November 2015 EDINBURGH TRAM SCHEME: Alliance of business & transport interests call for Councillors to complete route to Leith SCDI & Transform Scotland have today (Tuesday 17 Nov) called for Edinburgh Councillors to vote to complete the tram route to Leith and Newhaven as a springboard for…

Risks and impacts of air pollution highlighted in Parliament

17 November 2015

Ahead of a debate on air quality brought forward by Labour in the Scottish Parliament, Transform Scotland has contributed to a parliamentary briefing on air pollution in Scotland. The briefing, published by Friends of the Earth Scotland, Sustrans Scotland, British Heart Foundation Scotland and Transform Scotland, will inform MSPs on the risks and impacts of air pollution and offer…

Tom Hart’s transport news notes, 15 November 2015

15 November 2015

MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS The media has given increased attention to the urgency for action to tackle global warming given evidence of a 1C rise in global temperatures, half way to the tipping point of 2C rises which could have very serious implications for rising sea levels, floods, droughts and high winds which could prejudice food supply…

New Research Manager Joins Transform

11 November 2015

Michelle Brophy has joined Transform Scotland after the departure of Jolin Warren as our Research Manager. Michelle manages research tasks for Transform Scotland. Currently she is undertaking specific research projects around buses and cycling. She has worked in Transportation for the last ten years and it has been the focal point for her career. She…

Levenmouth top rail reopening priority for Scotland

11 November 2015

Transform Scotland are very happy to publish the presentation made by Allen Armstrong, secretary of Levenmouth Rail Campaign (LMRC), to our Members’ Session held on 6 November. Colin Howden, director of Transform Scotland, said: “Levenmouth is the overwhelming priority for rail reopening in Scotland over the next few years. It’s desperate that the 37,000 residents…

Continued poor air quality demonstrates lack of Ministerial leadership

05 November 2015

Transform Scotland have today slammed the UK Government’s air quality plans as reliant on “technical fixes and bland statements about cycling” and the “serious absence of leadership” by Scottish and UK Ministers. In our response to the Scottish Government ‘Consultation on Air Quality Plans to Meet EU Limit Values for Nitrogen Dioxide (No2) in Scotland’,…

A9 dualling will make Perth-Inverness rail slower than road

05 November 2015

Transport Scotland have this morning confirmed to us that the proposed A9 dualling between Perth and Inverness will condemn the parallel railway to being slower than the road route. Here’s the response received from Transport Scotland regarding A9 journey times pre- and post-dualling: At time of writing, National Rail Enquiries suggests that the fastest journey…

Social Enterprise Successes

04 November 2015

Both of our social enterprises, TRAC and Transform Creative, have been very busy. The Sustrans 3-Year Report was a joint venture between TRAC and Transform Creative. TRAC prepared a series of case studies showing Sustrans’ work with schools, with communities, at workplaces, and with its many partner organisations. TRAC also prepared the messaging around Sustrans’ impacts in…

Presentations made to CPT and SSN conferences

03 November 2015

A busy day for our chair Phil Matthews and director Colin Howden, making presentations to the Sustainable Scotland Network (SSN) and Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT) conferences, respectively. The presentations are available to download on right.

Edinburgh Trams – Building on success

02 November 2015

SCDI and Transform Scotland have issued a joint briefing to elected members at The City of Edinburgh Council ahead of a council debate later this month on the future of the Edinburgh Tram scheme. The briefing is available for download.

SAPT briefing Trams to Leith and Newhaven

30 October 2015

Scottish Association for Public Transport have prepared a briefing for Edinburgh’s Councillors ahead of a council vote on extending the tram scheme. Please find a copy of the briefing here.

Success of A9 speed cameras should be spread across whole network

28 October 2015

Responding to today’s report from the A9 Safety Group that there have been no deaths on the A9 over the past three months, Colin Howden, director of Transform Scotland, said: “It’s unsurprising to hear that getting road users to obey the speed limit has cut road deaths. The lives saved by speed cameras on the…

Pavement parking ban will need to be enforced

27 October 2015

We have submitted our response to the Scottish Parliament’s Local Government and Regeneration Committee in response to their call for evidence on the Footpath Parking and Double Parking (Scotland) Bill. In our evidence paper, we assert that the “most important aspect of the proposed prohibitions will be to ensure proper Enforcement by the police and…

Welcome for Glasgow 20mph plans

23 October 2015

Glasgow City Council have released very welcome plans to make the whole of Glasgow city centre into a mandatory 20mph zone. They are asking for responses to the proposals by Monday 30 November, and we would encourage people to write in support. Go Bike!, the Strathclyde Cycle Campaign, have more details on their website.

SNP on the slow train to Aberdeen

15 October 2015

Letter as submitted to The Press and Journal in advance of the SNP’s conference in Aberdeen (and published in the P&J on 15 October):   Dear Sir We hope that many of the SNP delegates travelling to Aberdeen this week for their annual conference have chosen the sustainable option and used the train. Given the…

Presentation to STSG event

13 October 2015

We’ve published the presentation made by Colin Howden to Scottish Transport Studies Group roundtable ‘What should the 2016 transport manifestos say?’, held on 13 October 2015.

Transform debates the National Transport Strategy

07 October 2015

John Webster reports: With the Scottish Government carrying out a “Refresh” of the National Transport Strategy, we organised a meeting of our member groups to debate how the Strategy could be improved, and what the next Scottish Government administration — whatever party or parties end up forming it — can do to make place sustainable…

National Cycle Network 20th anniversary celebrated at Parliament

17 September 2015

The Scottish Parliament will this lunchtime (Thursday 17 September) debate the 20th Anniversary of the National Cycle Network in Scotland. In advance of the debate, we have issued a parliamentary briefing highlighting the role of the NCN in promoting cycle tourism in Scotland. Colin Howden, Director of Transform Scotland said: “Our 2013 research report, The…