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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 challenge for new transport minister

14 June 2016

Our board member Helen Todd today set out the challenges for the new transport minister Humza Yousaf MSP to get more people walking and cycling. Helen presented Transform Scotland’s challenge at today’s National Active Travel Conference. Helen outlined how more walking and cycling could deliver huge benefits for health, justice, communities, climate, air quality, and…

Transform voices opposition to APD in government consultation

03 June 2016

Transform Scotland has today responded to the Scottish Government’s consultation on the proposed cuts to Air Passenger Duty. In the response, Transform Scotland outlined its opposition to the proposed changes to Air Passenger Duty, citing harmful environmental, social and economic repercussions from cutting aviation taxation. Colin Howden, Director of Transform Scotland, commented: “The four opposition…

Urgent action from aviation bodies needed to avoid undermining Paris Agreement

16 May 2016

Transform Scotland last week joined calls from other environmental organisations across the world to demand action from the aviation sector to curb global carbon emissions. The letter, signed by 64 environmental groups, highlights the worrying predicted growth of the aviation sector in the future, and calls for urgent actions to be taken to reduce ever-increasing carbon…

Transform Creative Update!

11 May 2016

As Transform Creative has turned one year old we thought that now would be a good time to post a quick update about what we’ve achieved this year! We have worked on some very exciting projects such as opening Edinburgh’s first social enterprise pub, designing the visual ID for the Sustainable Scotland Network conference, and…

Opposition parties must prevent cuts to Air Passenger Duty

06 May 2016

Election success for SNP, Tories and Greens provide opportunities for sustainable transport Transform Scotland’s director Colin Howden responds to the 2016 election results: “We’re happy to send our congratulations to the Scottish National Party in its re-election as the Scottish Government, and to those, both new and returning, elected as Members of the Scottish Parliament….

Transform joins European organisations in raising concerns over aviation ‘CO2 standard’

04 May 2016

Transform Scotland has joined fellow European transport and environmental groups in raising concerns over new aviation regulations. The letter to European Climate and Transport Ministers, orchestrated by the Transport & Environment group, highlights clear shortcomings in a recent ‘CO2 standard’ for new aircraft proposed by the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO). The letter outlines a…

Paul Tetlaw writes in Rail Professional magazine on high-speed rail

27 April 2016

Our rail campaigner Paul Tetlaw has an article on high-speed rail in the current issue of Rail Professional magazine.

Mainline safeguards for rail doubling

19 April 2016

Transform Scotland’s rail campaigner Paul Tetlaw writes: We have serious concerns about the new road bridges south of Gorebridge on the Borders railway that have all been constructed to single track width. We raised these concerns with Transport Scotland and expressed similar concerns that we have for the impact on the HML and A2I rail…

Report on Transform Platform for the Conservatives

10 April 2016

Lotti Lancaster reports from the final in the series of our election events. Phil Matthews, chair of Transform Scotland, gave a brief overview of the event series and Transform’s main campaigns at the moment: the ‘What We Want‘ booklet with our six main demands for sustainable transport, and the ‘Bus Fair‘ campaign calling for a fairer…

Report on Transform Platform for the SNP

06 April 2016

John Webster reports: The meeting was opened by Phil Matthews of Transform Scotland who introduced the organisation’s  booklet “What we Want”, which summarises the elements of an integrated sustainable transport policy that covers walking, cycling, buses, rail, ferries and road. The aim is to persuade political parties to incorporate many of these suggestions into their…

Transform Joins International Call to Reduce Shipping and Aviation Emissions

06 April 2016

Transform Scotland has recently joined with 25 other European NGOs to demand a reduction in shipping and aviation emissions throughout the European Union. The Letter to Ministers, organised by the Transport & Environment group, highlights the worrying growth in emissions from planes and ships and points out the associated risks of keeping these emissions uncapped….

Report on Transform Platform for the Greens

28 March 2016

Bruce Whyte reports on the third of our ‘Transform Platform’ election event series. The third of Transform Scotland’s election events was held on Wednesday 9th March, and featured Patrick Harvie MSP of the Scottish Green Party. Around thirty people attended the event at the Royal College of Physicians & Surgeons of Glasgow to hear what…

Network Rail plans need to consider new lines and stations

23 March 2016

Our rail campaigner Paul Tetlaw has been very busy recently. As well as attending a never-ceasing round of meetings with campaigners, politicians and industry types around the country, he has recently compiled our response to the Network Rail Scotland Route Study. In our response, Paul makes the case that “A study looking as far ahead…

No need to wait for HS2 to start upgrades to the ‘classic’ network

21 March 2016

Transform Scotland NEWS RELEASE For immediate use: Monday 21 March 2016 High-speed rail announcement: No need to wait for HS2 to start upgrades to the ‘classic’ network Transform Scotland [1] today gave a broad welcome to the joint Scottish Government and UK Government announcement of options for extending high-speed rail services to Scotland. Colin Howden,…

Tom Hart’s ‘Changing Directions for Scottish Transport’

17 March 2016

This article was written by Tom Hart (from Scottish Association for Public Transport). An earlier version of this article can be found on the Reform Scotland website.   Introduction After the May election, a more fundamental review of the role of transport is promised by the Scottish Government, including links to and from Scotland by…

Levenmouth Rail Campaign Update

17 March 2016

Allen Armstrong, Secretary of the LevenMouth Rail Campaign, reports.   The LevenMouth Rail Campaign (LMRC), in its latest form, has been running since April 2014 striving for justice and the extension of Fife Circle services to Edinburgh by reopening the five-mile stretch of line between Thornton to Leven. The line is fully intact throughout, under…

Report on ‘Scotland’s Roads 2035 Conference’

17 March 2016

Tom Hart (Scottish Association for Public Transport) reports on ‘Scotland’s Roads 2035 Conference’, held on 15 March, and organised by the Roads Collaboration Programme within the Improvement Service. (Please note that this is an initial note on the above Conference. The Improvement Service will be producing a more substantial summary of proceedings and follow-up proposals.)…

Further improvements needed for real ‘Rail Revolution’

16 March 2016

Further action is required in Scotland’s rail infrastructure in the future to ensure a sensible, sustainable transport network, Transform Scotland has argued. The comments come in response to the yesterday’s announcement of 200 new rail services across Scotland by 2018, which will see an additional 20,000 seats each day. Whilst the additional rail capacity is welcomed, further…

Election event provides public with platform to discuss transport with the SNP

14 March 2016

Transform Scotland [1] is tomorrow (Tuesday 15 March) hosting the fourth in a series of election events, presenting an opportunity for members of the public to quiz the SNP on their plans for the future of Scottish transport. The event, ‘Transform Platform for the SNP’, welcomes Mike Mackenzie MSP, Parliamentary Liaison Officer to transport minister…

Campaign launch calls for ‘Fair Deal for Scotland’s Bus Users’

14 March 2016

Transform Scotland NEWS RELEASE Monday 14 March 2016 CAMPAIGN LAUNCH CALLS FOR ‘FAIR DEAL FOR SCOTLAND’S BUS USERS’: Bus campaign publishes new research setting out contribution of bus commuters to Scottish economy Transform Scotland [1] has today (Monday 14 Mar) launched a new campaign calling for a fairer deal for Scotland’s bus users. The ‘Bus…

Transform Platform for the Conservatives confirmed

09 March 2016

We are pleased to announce the last in our Transform Platform election event series, Transform Platform for the Conservatives. Following the success of our events so far, we are looking forward to hearing the Conservatives proposals for the future of Scottish transport. Our next two events are as follows: Transform Platform for the Greens on Wednesday 9 March in Glasgow…

Worrying decline in bus travel shows need for further investment

02 March 2016

Bus numbers have seen a significant reduction over the past five years, recent figures have shown. The figures, released this week in a report by Transport Scotland, show increased travel through air, rail, car and cycling, but falling numbers of bus and ferry passengers. The National Statistics report also showed that of public transport journeys, 77 per cent were…

Report on Transform Platform for the Liberal Democrats

02 March 2016

John Webster reports: This was the second of the pre-election events organised by Transform Scotland to allow political parties to explain and discuss their transport strategies prior to the 2016 Scottish Parliamentary elections in May. This event was held in the Raeburn Room at Edinburgh University’s Old College. Jim McFarlane, chair of Lothian Buses, opened…

Rail passenger forecasting called into question

24 February 2016

We have this week issued a reply to Scottish Government cabinet secretary Keith Brown MSP following correspondence regarding rail passenger forecasts. Whilst we welcome recent positive developments in rail, in particular the Borders Railway link, room for improvement remains in assessing passenger demand and usage in various routes across Scotland. Commenting on Mr Brown’s response, Transform…

Transform joins call for fairer active travel funding

24 February 2016

Transform Scotland has joined fellow sustainable transport organisations in voicing concerns over transport funding in the recent Scottish Government budget. The recent budget proposals  would see funding for road developments increased to £820 million, compared with only £41 million for walking and cycling. The funding gap between active travel and other modes of transport presents a further…