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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.


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…


Need for new Climate Plan to get Scottish public sector to take leadership in cutting emissions

05 December 2016

Transform Scotland NEWS RELEASE For immediate use: Monday 5 December 2016 ***NEED FOR NEW CLIMATE PLAN TO GET SCOTTISH PUBLIC SECTOR TO TAKE LEADERSHIP IN CUTTING EMISSIONS: Transport campaign group calls for Scottish Ministers to hold to account Public Bodies who are failing to take action Transform Scotland [1] today called for the Scottish Ministers…


Edinburgh Airport expansion plans a threat to progress on climate

12 November 2016

Responding to the launch of Edinburgh Airport’s consultation on its expansion plans, Transform Scotland director Colin Howden said: “Aviation is the most polluting form of transport and one that threatens Scotland’s ability to meet its climate change commitments. The aviation industry thinks it should be allowed to expand without restraint and without regard for Scotland’s…


Welcome for West Coast partnership rail franchise

04 November 2016

Responding to the announcement of the West Coast partnership rail franchise, Transform Scotland rail campaigner Paul Tetlaw said: “We welcome the announcement from the DfT of the new combined rail franchise – the West Coast Partnership. In our view this new Partnership should address a number of issues that we have highlighted in recent years….


Transform makes case for rail revolution in Scotland’s cities

04 November 2016

Transform Scotland has relaunched the call for a revolutionised rail network to improve connections between Scotland’s seven cities. The new Inter-City Express brochure was launched at a stakeholder event in Perth on Tuesday evening, organised by the Royal Scottish Geographical Society in collaboration with Transform Scotland and Scottish Council for Development and Industry. The event brought together interested parties…


Time for a fair deal for Scotland’s bus users

04 November 2016

Transform Scotland’s work on calling for stronger governmental support for buses has recently been featured in Eurotransport. In a feature article for Eurotransport, the international transport magazine, Colin Howden, Director of Transform Scotland, discussed the work that Transform has been carrying out in our ongoing Bus Fair campaign. Buses provide a vital service for millions…


Transform joins call to get ‘Scotland on the move’

26 October 2016

Ahead of the Scottish Local Authority elections in May 2017, Transform Scotland has contributed to a new ‘Scotland on the move’ manifesto. The manifesto, co-produced by a number of active travel organisations including Sustrans, Living Streets Scotland and Paths for All, highlights the key issues which local authorities need to focus on over the next…


Tom Hart’s Transport News: 13 July to 10 Oct 2016

10 October 2016

Tom Hart from Scottish Association for Public Transport, with his quarterly personal commentary on Scottish transport policy matters.   Highlights As well as other implications for the economy and well-being, the UK vote for Brexit (but with Scotland,  N Ireland and London taking a different view) has raised concerns over negative impacts and an immediate…


Scottish Government urged to boost investment in cycling

27 September 2016

Transform Scotland today signed a letter to Finance Secretary Derek Mackay MSP to call for more investment in cycling and cycle infrastructure. The letter, signed by a number of third sector organisations, was sent in response to the recent statistics published by the Scottish Government which showed that journeys made by bike in Scotland have fallen to 1.2%. The…


Airport expansion plans pose threat to action on climate change

19 September 2016

Transform Scotland today responded to Edinburgh Airport’s Airspace Change Programme public consultation. The consultation focuses on the Airport’s plans to alter the flight paths used on approach and when leaving Edinburgh Airport, as well as proposed changes to the technology used in handling flights. We have several concerns over the proposals put forward by Edinburgh…