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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.

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…

Tom Hart reports on recent transport issues

24 February 2016

Tom Hart reports: Wider Issues Energy economist Tony Mackay has criticised the Scottish Government for inadequate progress towards delivery of green energy.  As well as more emphasis on energy conservation and biofuels, he seeks more action to reduce transport energy demand, including better public transport (H 8 Dec).  Others fear that failure to expand storage…

Transform Platform for the SNP confirmed

17 February 2016

This week we are pleased to announce the fourth in our Transform Platform election event series, Transform Platform for the SNP. Following the success of our first event in January, Transform Platform for Labour, we are looking forward to hearing proposals from the rest of the main political parties in Scotland. We already have our next events confirmed:…

Report on ‘Transform Platform for Labour’

11 February 2016

The first of Transform Scotland’s election events was held on Thursday 28 January, and featured David Stewart MSP for Scottish Labour. Over sixty people attended the event at Edinburgh City Chambers to hear what Labour are envisioning for sustainable transport in Scotland. John Webster reports. The event was hosted by Cllr Andrew Burns, Leader of…

Reinstatement of Edinburgh South Suburban Railway

03 February 2016

The Capital Rail Action Group and Transform Scotland have written a parliamentary briefing supporting the the Members’ Business debate: Reinstatement of the Edinburgh South Suburban Railway. Lawrence Marshall said: “Local passenger services on the South Suburban railway line have been absent for over 50 years now. It’s time for our nation’s capital city to join…

Forth Road Bridge closure illustrates folly of removal of local accountability

29 January 2016

Transform Scotland has published its response to the Scottish Parliament’s Infrastructure and Capital Investment Committee inquiry into the December 2015 closure of the Forth Road Bridge. Our evidence paper was prepared by our board member Lawrence Marshall, who was chair of the Forth Estuary Transport Authority (FETA) from 2004-06 (that is, prior to the decision…

What We Want For Scottish Transport

28 January 2016

We are pleased to launch our manifesto setting out our vision of a more sensible transport system for Scotland: For pedestrians and cyclists For public transport passengers For road users We have identified a set of simple measures that outline solutions to some of Scottish transport’s key problems. We feel that all of Scotland’s political…