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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.

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…

Advisors wanted to inform our research

18 September 2016

We are in the process of forming a Research Advisory Group to help assist and advise when undertaking research projects (particularly at the preliminary project scoping phase). The group would not generally meet in person, butwould rather involve virtual communication (e.g. providing input into research project specifications and research methods). Transform Scotland undertakes research for…

Notice of Transform Scotland 2016 Annual General Meeting

15 September 2016

To: All representatives of Transform Scotland member groups: Hello I am delighted to invite you to join us on Thursday 27 October for our 2016 Annual General Meeting. The event will be held at the European Room, City Chambers, High Street, Edinburgh. I am very grateful to Cllr Lesley Hinds for hosting the event. The…

Transform responds to call for evidence on Brexit

06 September 2016

Transform Scotland has recently submitted evidence to the Scottish Parliament on the potential impact of the UK’s decision to leave the European Union. The response  identifies areas in which the EU has made an effective contribution to tackling problems in transport and highlights the potential risks for transport in Scotland upon leaving the EU. To…

Positive proposals are welcome news for cycle tourism in the Borders

29 August 2016

Transform Scotland has recently responded to the Scottish Borders Council’s (SBC) public consultation on their Cycle Tourism Strategy. The Strategy sets out the SBC’s proposals to develop cycling in the Borders over the next five years, and features a number of welcome recommendations to improve cycle infrastructure and facilities to expand cycle tourism in the…

Transform Creative nominated for Social Enterprise Award

17 August 2016

We are pleased to announce that our design agency, Transform Creative, has recently been announced on the shortlist for the Social Enterprise Awards Scotland 2016. The Awards, which are organised by Social Enterprise Scotland, aim to celebrate and highlight the success of social enterprises all across Scotland. Transform Creative has been nominated in the ‘One to Watch…

InterCity West Coast rail franchise: No need to wait for HS2 to start upgrades to the ‘classic’ network

02 August 2016

Transform Scotland today outlined our vision to revolutionise rail travel in the between Scotland and England. Our proposals were put forward as part of a response to a consultation run by the Department for Transport on the future of the InterCity West Coast franchise. The recommendations include a call for a new generation of bi-mode trains capable…

Persistence pays off in the campaign for safer streets

28 July 2016

This week sees the first in a series of 20mph speed limits implemented across Edinburgh. Starting from Sunday, speed limit reductions will be implemented across an area covering the city centre and the rural west region of the city. The decision from the City of Edinburgh Council to introduce city-wide 20mph speed limits over the coming 18 months is welcome news…

Tom Hart’s transport notes, 19 May to 12 July 2016

12 July 2016

Please note that these are the views of Tom Hart of Scottish Association for Public Transport. They may not entirely represent Transform Scotland’s worldview, but they’re certainly very useful nonetheless! Highlights Apart from mainly critical views on the merits of the original HS2 proposals, transport has had a low profile in the debate on the…

Transform Scotland Annual Report 2015/16

29 June 2016

We are pleased to today announce the launch our annual report for 2015/16. The past year has seen lots of exciting projects take place. Our recent campaigns, such as Bus Fair and Scotland on the Move, have highlighted key issues which need to be addressed in the transport system in Scotland and have offered solutions to help create…

Only a ‘Remain’ Vote gives hope for cutting emissions

22 June 2016

Without EU legislation to decarbonise cars, our climate crisis would now be much worse. Transform Scotland director Colin Howden today commented on the EU referendum: “Only yesterday it became clear that transport was now without question Europe’s biggest climate problem. [1] “The only significant action taken to cut emissions from transport has come from Europe….

Concerns raised that rail passengers will suffer as a result of strike

20 June 2016

NEWS RELEASEFor immediate use: Monday 20 June 2016RMT strike action on ScotRail services — comment from Transform ScotlandTransform Scotland [1] today (Monday 20 June) expressed its concern about the disruption that rail passengers on ScotRail services will suffer as a result of the RMT strikes scheduled to commence tomorrow. Paul Tetlaw, rail campaigner at Transform…

Speed limit cut can boost active travel in Dundee

16 June 2016

Transform Scotland has responded to Dundee City Council’s public consultation on the introduction of 20mph speed limits. The proposals set out by DCC would see speed limit reductions introduced across Dundee, with particular focus given to residential areas and streets surrounding schools. Whilst Transform is widely supportive of the proposals put forward by Dundee City…

Sharing economy can benefit transport users

15 June 2016

Transform Scotland have today responded to the Scottish Government’s taxi and private hire car consultation. In our response we highlight the benefits that a proactive approach to modern technology could have for taxi users.   We can see many positive benefits to the use of modern technology and smart apps: Being able to see fare…