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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.

Active Travel Hub workshops

29 June 2015

At the National Active Travel conference at Dynamic Earth on 26 May, Jolin Warren, Head of Research, ran workshops exploring ideas around creating a network of Active Travel Hubs around Scotland. This was one of the key recommendations from our Interchange project last year. The workshop was run twice, and was well attended both times….

‘Car-Free Tourism’ online guide spotlights ‘The Best of Scotland Without a Car’

23 June 2015

Transform Scotland NEWS RELEASE & PHOTO OP Embargoed for use: 00:01, Tuesday 23 June 2015 ***LAUNCH OF NEW GUIDE TO CAR-FREE TOURISM IN SCOTLAND: ‘Car-Free Tourism’ online guide spotlights ‘The Best of Scotland Without a Car’ Transform Scotland [1] has today (Tuesday 23 June) launched a new guide, ‘Car-Free Tourism’, which provides directions for tourists…

Spokes members hear Interchange message

17 June 2015

One of the co-authors of our ‘Interchange’ project, Susan Warren, made a presentation to this Monday evening’s public meeting organised by Spokes, the Lothian Cycle Campaign. Susan’s presentation is available to download. Photo credit: Chris Hill

Scotland on the move: ‘Active travel’ charities set out vision for improving Scotland’s health

09 June 2015

NEWS RELEASE Embargoed until: 00:01, Tuesday 9 June 2015 News release from Transform Scotland on behalf of seven active travel and sustainable transport charities (CTC Scotland, Cycling Scotland, Living Streets, Paths for All, Ramblers Scotland, Sustrans Scotland and Transform Scotland): ***GETTING SCOTLAND ACTIVE: SETTING THE AGENDA FOR 2016: ‘Active travel’ charities set out vision for…

Tourist traffic ‘key to Borders Railway success’

28 May 2015

Press release from rail author David Spaven – not for publication until Thursday 28 May 2015 TOURIST TRAFFIC ‘KEY TO BORDERS RAILWAY SUCCESS’ SAYS RAIL AUTHOR Tourist and leisure passengers – originally dismissed as of marginal importance – may now be a crucial factor in the success of the Borders Railway [1] opening in September,…

Sanctions required for Public Bodies to take action on climate

25 May 2015

We’ve called for the chief executives of Scottish public bodies to be held personally responsible should their organisations fail to meet mandatory climate change targets. Transform Scotland has made this demand as part of its response to the Scottish Government’s consultation on ‘The Climate Change (Duties of Public Bodies Reporting Requirements) (Scotland) Order 2015’. John…

Case for better interchange presented in Parliament

20 May 2015

Our head of research Jolin Warren today gave evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s Infrastructure & Capital Investment Committee on access to Scotland’s major railway stations. Key findings from our Interchange project were of interest to the Committee, including the need for a more consistent, high standard for cycle and pedestrian access to stations, and what…

Opportunity to volunteer with us!

20 May 2015

We are looking for a Communications Volunteer to join our team one day a week. We are looking for someone with great technical literacy and excellent writing skills, who is happy to get involved in everything from photo ops to organising events. The main duties will involve assisting the Communications Officer and Director in carrying out the…

Tom Hart’s news notes, 2 March to 9 May 2015

09 May 2015

MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS The mass of General Election coverage saw little attention given to transport apart from divergent views on High Speed Rail and some offers of lower rail fares and aid for younger people using buses.  The Conservatives were the strongest supporters of higher infrastructure investment to stimulate early and longer term economic growth but…

Welcome parliamentary scrutiny of access to Scotland’s transport interchanges

08 May 2015

We have today written to Jim Eadie MSP, convener of the Parliament’s transport committee, in response to its survey on access to Scotland’s major urban railway stations. In the letter, Transform Scotland draw attention to the unacceptable situation imposed by Network Rail on people accessing Edinburgh’s Waverley Station, flag up the ‘Interchange’ project that we…

Local Authorities need to be incentivised to act on air pollution

10 April 2015

Transform Scotland has submitted its response to the Scottish Government’s consultation on its proposed new Low Emissions Strategy, indicating strong support for such a strategy to be put in place but expressing doubts as regards the lack of incentivisation put in place to ensure action at the local level. Commenting, John Webster, who prepared Transform…

Call for Sleeper services to be extended to canal boats between Edinburgh and Glasgow

01 April 2015

Transform Scotland NEWS RELEASE Strictly embargoed for use until 00:01 on Wednesday 1 April 2015 NEW SLEEPER SERVICES FOR SCOTLAND: Call for Sleeper services to be extended to canal boats between Edinburgh and Glasgow Transform Scotland [1] has today (Wednesday 1st) called for the reintroduction of canal sleeper services between Edinburgh and Glasgow during this…

Edinburgh’s best streets love 20mph

12 March 2015

We’re very pleased to see The City of Edinburgh Council pressing ahead with its praiseworthy plans for turning Edinburgh into a 20mph city. The Council’s transport and environment committee is to vote on the plans on Tuesday 17 March. Living Streets Edinburgh have been churning out some impressive materials in support of the plans on…

Transform Scotland Newsletter — March 2015

12 March 2015

Our latest newsletter has been published featuring our Inter-City Express campaign, the launch of Edinburgh University bike hire scheme and the launch of Transform Creative! See here for full details.

Launch of Transform Creative

03 March 2015

Transform Scotland, the national alliance for sustainable transport, is delighted to announce its new initiative, ‘Transform Creative’, a partnership of creative professionals specialising in design and campaign communications. We’ve identified a need for high-quality yet affordable design and communications services for Scotland’s third sector. By launching Transform Creative, we provide people with the opportunity to improve how…

New Creative Initiative Hits The Road

03 March 2015

New social enterprise ‘Transform Creative’ to provide specialist design services for the Third Sector. Transform Scotland, the national alliance for sustainable transport, has today (Tuesday 3rd) released details of its new initiative, ‘Transform Creative’, a partnership of creative professionals specialising in design and campaign communications. The partnership has been brought together as a social enterprise offshoot of…

Tom Hart’s news notes, 1 March 2015

01 March 2015

Transport News Notes 5 Jan 15 to 1 Mar 15 TRANSPORT, ECONOMY and ENVIRONMENT Party leaders Cameron, Clegg and Miliband have agreed to work together on climate change, seen as an increasing threat to national security and economic prosperity.  They aim for further cuts in UK carbon emissions but with disagreements on attitudes to fracking …

Scots want inter-city rail services at least as fast as roads

24 February 2015

That was the finding from an opinion poll commissioned by Transform Scotland. Ninety-one per cent of those surveyed by ScotPulse wanted inter-city rail services at least as fast as the parallel roads. We launched the opinion poll as part of the next phase of our Inter-City Express campaign. As part of the campaign, we have…

Vast majority of Scots want inter-city rail services at least as fast as roads

24 February 2015

Transform Scotland NEWS RELEASE Embargoed until 00:01 on Tuesday 24 February 2015 OPINION POLL RESULT: VAST MAJORITY OF SCOTS WANT INTER-CITY RAIL SERVICES AT LEAST AS FAST AS ROADS Transform Scotland also launches ‘Inter-City Express’ campaign brochure Transform Scotland [1] has today (Tuesday 24 February) released the result of an opinion poll which shows that…

Infrastructure plans need focus on inter-city rail and active travel

23 February 2015

Transform Scotland has released a parliamentary briefing ahead of a parliamentary debate to be led by the Scottish Ministers in the Scottish Parliament on the afternoon of Tuesday 24 February. Transform Scotland’s briefing makes the following key points: We need investment in the Scottish inter-city rail network north of the Central Belt. The Infrastructure Investment…

Still no clarity over active travel spend

19 February 2015

A parliamentary question submitted by Green MSP Alison Johnstone has established that there is still no clarity about how much the Scottish Government will invest in active travel (walking and cycling) in 2015-16. Transport Minister Derek Mackay’s answer to the parliamentary question (PQ S4W-24376) establishes the following: Total: Of which, for active travel: Support for…

Objection to proposed Edinburgh bus lane cuts

18 February 2015

Transform Scotland have joined Living Streets Scotland, Spokes the Lothian Cycle Campaign, and the Scottish Association for Public Transport in objecting to The City of Edinburgh Council’s proposed cuts to the coverage of its bus lanes. Our objection follows.   Dear Sir/Madam We would like to register our objection to traffic orders ETRO/14/38B and/or ETRO/14/38A…

Welcome for Edinburgh’s plans for School Streets

16 February 2015

We’ve today submitted our response to The City of Edinburgh Council’s consultation on its ‘School Streets’ proposals. Our response, drafted by Board member Peter Hawkins, welcomes the extension of the scheme from five to eleven schools, and hopes that the scheme will be made permanent. The consultation remains open for responses until Friday 27 February.

Borders rail tracks, cycle budgets, and Love

12 February 2015

Today saw the completion of track-laying for the Borders Railway, another important milestone in this long-awaited project. Meanwhile, Richard Ardern has an excellent letter in today’s Herald, ‘Railway focus must now switch to the north’. He even mentions our Inter-City Express campaign! The City of Edinburgh Council have been debating their budget today, and, according…

“Railway focus must now switch to the north”

12 February 2015

  Richard Ardern writes in today’s Herald, 12 February 2015: “It is really good that the Borders Railway is nearing completion, but the focus now needs to turn to improving capacity to the north. The lines between the cities of Perth and Inverness and between Inverness and Aberdeen are mainly single track and consequently suffer…