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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…


Borders Rail gives hope for other stranded communities

04 September 2015

NEWS RELEASE Friday 4 September 2015 BORDERS RAILWAY RE-OPENING: Success of the Campaign for Borders Rail gives hope for other stranded communities to rejoin the rail network Transform Scotland [1] has today (Friday 4th) responded to the imminent re-opening of the Borders Railway from Edinburgh to Tweedbank, just beyond Galashiels, by welcoming this major addition…


Transform debates the National Transport Strategy

03 September 2015

With the Scottish Government carrying out a “Refresh” of the National Transport Strategy, we thought it’d be worth asking some 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…


Annual Report published

24 August 2015

We’ve published our Annual Report for 2015, designed for us by our social enterprise design agency Transform Creative. In his ‘message from the chair’, Phil Matthews says: “Transform Scotland has been at the heart of the debate, challenging unsustainable decisions and making the case for a more sensible transport system. From helping to shape rail…


Tom Hart’s transport news notes, 14 August 2015

14 August 2015

Transport News Notes 10 May to 14 Aug 2015 MEDIA HIGHLIGHTS The surprising, but narrow, UK government majority gained by Conservatives in the General Election has led to rapid proposals for a further £12bn cut in government spending but with protection for the NHS and defence spending requiring more severe cuts in other Departments. This…


Transform gets Creative

07 August 2015

Our recently launched social enterprise partnership of creative professionals – Transform Creative – has already acquired a number of commissions from organisations across the third sector, both in the UK and abroad. Our past and current clients include Social Enterprise Scotland, Sustainable Scotland Network, NIDOS, Living Streets Scotland, and the European Transport Safety Council. While…


Paul Tetlaw’s rail update, July 2015

31 July 2015

Paul Tetlaw’s rail update, July 2015 There has been a lot of activity on the rail front in recent months and this feature sets out some of the key developments as they affect us in Scotland. Scotrail franchise From April Abellio took over the operation of the main franchise with Serco taking over the sleeper…


Charities call for Scottish alternative to Osborne’s Roads Fund

20 July 2015

NEWS RELEASE Embargoed for use: 00:01, Monday 20 July 2015 CHARITIES CALL FOR SCOTTISH ALTERNATIVE TO OSBORNE’S ROADS FUND Seven charities have called for a Scottish alternative to the Roads Fund for England, which was announced by Chancellor George Osborne in his Summer Budget 2015, and will see Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) – a tax…


Questions for Edinburgh Trams inquiry to investigate

13 July 2015

Transform Scotland has submitted its evidence to the Edinburgh Trams inquiry, asking it to investigate the following issues: 1. Why did the Government withdraw Transport Scotland from this major project of international significance? 2. Why was the funding for this major public transport project so rigidly capped by the Government, no matter what adverse circumstances…


Rail alignments need protection in Tayside and Central plans

03 July 2015

Transform Scotland have today responded to the consultation on TAYplan’s draft Strategic Development Plan, calling in its representation for the historic rail alignments of the Glenfarg Line and Strathmore Line to be protected for future use as walk/cycle routes, and for future possible public transport use. The full text of Transform Scotland’s response is below….