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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.


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….


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…