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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.

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…

New Creative Initiative Hits The Road

03 March 2015

New social enterprise ‘Transform Creative’ to provide specialist design services for the Third Sector. Transform Scotland, the national alliance for sustainable transport, has today (Tuesday 3rd) released details of its new initiative, ‘Transform Creative’, a partnership of creative professionals specialising in design and campaign communications. The partnership has been brought together as a social enterprise offshoot of…

Tom Hart’s news notes, 1 March 2015

01 March 2015

Transport News Notes 5 Jan 15 to 1 Mar 15 TRANSPORT, ECONOMY and ENVIRONMENT Party leaders Cameron, Clegg and Miliband have agreed to work together on climate change, seen as an increasing threat to national security and economic prosperity.  They aim for further cuts in UK carbon emissions but with disagreements on attitudes to fracking …

Scots want inter-city rail services at least as fast as roads

24 February 2015

That was the finding from an opinion poll commissioned by Transform Scotland. Ninety-one per cent of those surveyed by ScotPulse wanted inter-city rail services at least as fast as the parallel roads. We launched the opinion poll as part of the next phase of our Inter-City Express campaign. As part of the campaign, we have…

Vast majority of Scots want inter-city rail services at least as fast as roads

24 February 2015

Transform Scotland NEWS RELEASE Embargoed until 00:01 on Tuesday 24 February 2015 OPINION POLL RESULT: VAST MAJORITY OF SCOTS WANT INTER-CITY RAIL SERVICES AT LEAST AS FAST AS ROADS Transform Scotland also launches ‘Inter-City Express’ campaign brochure Transform Scotland [1] has today (Tuesday 24 February) released the result of an opinion poll which shows that…

Infrastructure plans need focus on inter-city rail and active travel

23 February 2015

Transform Scotland has released a parliamentary briefing ahead of a parliamentary debate to be led by the Scottish Ministers in the Scottish Parliament on the afternoon of Tuesday 24 February. Transform Scotland’s briefing makes the following key points: We need investment in the Scottish inter-city rail network north of the Central Belt. The Infrastructure Investment…

Still no clarity over active travel spend

19 February 2015

A parliamentary question submitted by Green MSP Alison Johnstone has established that there is still no clarity about how much the Scottish Government will invest in active travel (walking and cycling) in 2015-16. Transport Minister Derek Mackay’s answer to the parliamentary question (PQ S4W-24376) establishes the following: Total: Of which, for active travel: Support for…

Objection to proposed Edinburgh bus lane cuts

18 February 2015

Transform Scotland have joined Living Streets Scotland, Spokes the Lothian Cycle Campaign, and the Scottish Association for Public Transport in objecting to The City of Edinburgh Council’s proposed cuts to the coverage of its bus lanes. Our objection follows.   Dear Sir/Madam We would like to register our objection to traffic orders ETRO/14/38B and/or ETRO/14/38A…

Welcome for Edinburgh’s plans for School Streets

16 February 2015

We’ve today submitted our response to The City of Edinburgh Council’s consultation on its ‘School Streets’ proposals. Our response, drafted by Board member Peter Hawkins, welcomes the extension of the scheme from five to eleven schools, and hopes that the scheme will be made permanent. The consultation remains open for responses until Friday 27 February.

Borders rail tracks, cycle budgets, and Love

12 February 2015

Today saw the completion of track-laying for the Borders Railway, another important milestone in this long-awaited project. Meanwhile, Richard Ardern has an excellent letter in today’s Herald, ‘Railway focus must now switch to the north’. He even mentions our Inter-City Express campaign! The City of Edinburgh Council have been debating their budget today, and, according…

“Railway focus must now switch to the north”

12 February 2015

  Richard Ardern writes in today’s Herald, 12 February 2015: “It is really good that the Borders Railway is nearing completion, but the focus now needs to turn to improving capacity to the north. The lines between the cities of Perth and Inverness and between Inverness and Aberdeen are mainly single track and consequently suffer…

Just bits of old road, plus asphalt and guardrails

11 February 2015

Transform members Go Bike! report that Glasgow City Council have now approved their 20mph petition and that is now available for signature. They managed to get the issue covered on BBC Radio Scotland’s ‘Call Kaye’ show this morning. City of Edinburgh Council have announced that Scottish Water will be putting more resources into road maintenance…

In the news today: Go Bike!, Leith Walk and the A96

10 February 2015

Lots of transport stuff in the news today. Transform Scotland members GoBike! report that they’ve had a petition on 20mph blocked by Glasgow City Council. They’ve got an excellent piece in The Herald today about this. Go Bike! say they are taking inspiration for their actions at least in part by the plans set out…

Transform Scotland new website launched

05 February 2015

Transform Scotland is pleased to announce the launch of their new website. It allows everyone interested in greener travel to find up-to-date information on what’s happening in Scotland, what they can do to help, and get easy access to all of Transform Scotland’s research and publications. The website was built and designed by Pete Urwin…

Scottish Budget needs to improve health and climate

04 February 2015

Transform Scotland has called for the Scottish Budget to make greater provision for active travel and cutting climate emissions from transport. The demand comes as the Scottish Parliament holds its final debate on the draft Scottish Budget for 2015-16. Transform Scotland has circulated a parliamentary briefing to all Members of the Scottish Parliament, highlighting the…

Anderston – Kelvingrove active travel study

28 January 2015

John Webster reports from the 27/01/15 launch of the Anderston – Kelvingrove Study, as organised by the Glasgow Centre for Population Health (GCPH) This meeting was held at The Lighthouse in Glasgow on 27 January 2015 and presented the results of a study of the views of users of this cycle/walking friendly route opened in…

Low Emissions Strategy Consultation: Transform Scotland news release

16 January 2015

Heaping responsibility on Local Authorities will ensure failure: Need for Scottish Ministers to take action themselves Transform Scotland [1] have today (Fri 16 Jan) responded to the launch of the Scottish Government’s consultation on its ‘Low Emissions Strategy’. [2] Transform Scotland director Colin Howden said: “The promotion of Low Emission Zones is of course the…

Active travel investment needed for transformational change

06 January 2015

Transform Scotland have issued a parliamentary briefing circulated ahead of the 7 January 2015 Scottish Government debate in the Scottish Parliament on Active Travel. The briefing concludes: “It is clear that there is ample resources within the Scottish Government’s own budgets to transform conditions for walkers and cyclists in Scotland. So the lack of adequate…

Views on Queen Street Station Redevelopment

23 December 2014

Transform Scotland has submitted its views to Network Rail Scotland on the plans for the redevelopment of Glasgow’s Queen Street Station.