Author Archives: Colin Howden

Transport Transition Plan full of good intentions, but nothing concrete on fairness

Responding to this afternoon’s publication of the Transport Transition Plan, Transform director Colin Howden said: “The Plan is full of good intentions on both fairness and a ‘green recovery’ but, as yet, says nothing concrete on either. “Transport inequalities may have been unavoidable during the initial phase of lockdown, but it’s critical that decisive action…

Parliament’s transport committee takes evidence from Government on coronavirus response

The Scottish Parliament’s Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee is this morning taking evidence from the Scottish Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity, Michael Matheson MSP, on the Government’s response to COVID-19. In advance of the session, we submitted the following comments to the committee regarding the Scottish Government’s approach to planning the response…

Coronavirus impacts on transport & the priorities for recovery

In advance of Tuesday afternoon’s Ministerial Statement on transport in the Scottish Parliament, Transform Scotland has published some early recommendations as to measures that the Scottish Government should be prioritising as it starts to assemble its recovery plans for transport. Transform Scotland director Colin Howden said: “The public has shown it is willing to make…

Support for Smart Growth UK report on safeguarding rail lines

Transform Scotland are very happy to support the publication of Smart Growth UK’s new report ‘Defending our lines: safeguarding railways for reopening’. The convenor of our Policy Forum, Paul Tetlaw, has written a foreword for the report, in which he writes: “We very much welcome this report and the key messages which highlight the urgent…

Conservatives’ call to scrap Edinburgh tram scheme unashamed political exploitation of Corona crisis

Transform trams spokesperson Nigel Bagshaw said: “Councillor Nick Cook’s latest ill-informed call to scrap Edinburgh’s Tram is not unexpected, but is disappointing. “Of course the Coronavirus pandemic will have far-reaching consequences, but the Tram project will not be impacted in any singular or unique manner. “The business case for it is based on the generation…

Berryden roads scheme shows Aberdeen as Scotland’s pariah city for sustainable transport

Transform Scotland has submitted its objection to Aberdeen City Council’s £26 million ‘Berryden corridor improvement’ road scheme. Our full objection is below, but can be summarised as: Urban road-building is inconsistent with national transport policy, and is grossly out of touch with climate change priorities. The scheme will not resolve congestion, merely move it to…

Motherwell Station redevelopment plans welcomed

We’re pleased to see the announcement of the plans for the redevelopment of Motherwell Station. Transform Scotland rail spokesperson Paul Tetlaw said: “The £14.5m investment in Motherwell Station is very welcome as is the plan for more Anglo-Scottish trains to call there. “There is significant potential for rail to capture more of the Anglo-Scottish traffic…

Scottish Budget: “This is in no way a Climate Emergency response”

Responding to the publication of the draft Scottish Budget for 2020-21, Colin Howden, director of Transform Scotland, said: “Existing Scottish Government capital expenditure plans systematically favour high-carbon over low-carbon infrastructure. [1] “Transport is the largest sector for climate emissions. Today’s announcement of an extra £500m on low-carbon spend will barely turn the dial. This is…

New transport strategy fails to set out concrete programme of action to tackle the Climate Emergency

NEW TRANSPORT STRATEGY FAILS TO SET OUT CONCRETE PROGRAMME OF ACTION TO TACKLE THE CLIMATE EMERGENCY: “Simple hypocrisy” to talk of global climate emergencies whilst prioritising new high-carbon infrastructure spend   Transform Scotland has today (Wednesday 5 February) responded to the publication of the Scottish Government’s new National Transport Strategy. [1] [2] Colin Howden, Director…