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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.

Forth Road Bridge: Failure to deliver commitments threatens public transport corridor

31 January 2018

Transform Scotland has today raised concerns over a lack of action to deliver public transport improvements as part of the Queensferry Crossing development. A briefing published by Transform Scotland shows that many of the commitments made in the Forth Replacement Crossing Public Transport Strategy (PTS) have not been delivered — more than 8 years after…

Scottish Budget must prioritise sustainable transport to tackle climate change

24 January 2018

Transform Scotland has welcomed the Environment Committee’s warning that cuts in the Scottish Budget could hinder the Government’s action on climate change, but stresses that more needs to be done to tackle transport emissions. Successive Scottish Budgets have prioritised unsustainable transport ahead of public transport, walking and cycling, resulting in transport now being the largest source…

A90 average speed cameras: Time to extend scheme to all trunk roads

23 January 2018

Figures released by Transport Scotland from the A90 average speed cameras have shown a massive reduction in dangerous driving. Since the introduction of average speed cameras last year only one in every 100 vehicles broke the speed limit, compared to three in every five cars speeding before the scheme. The results also show that only…

Low carbon funding must support bikes and buses, not just cars

22 January 2018

The Scottish Government has today announced a £60 million fund to support low-carbon innovation across the country. The Low Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme will support innovative projects across various sectors – including transport projects such as charging networks for electric vehicles – to support a transition towards clean energy. Funding available includes investment of up to £100,000 for…

Parliamentary scrutiny of Scottish Budget “broken” and “farcical”

19 January 2018

Transform Scotland has welcomed the remarks of the Scottish Parliament’s Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee that the current scrutiny process for the Scottish Budget allowed “[in]sufficient depth and quality” in its consideration of the Budget. [1] Colin Howden, director of Transform Scotland said: “The Scottish budget process has been broken for several years but this…

Glasgow Airport flight path proposals: Noise pollution and emissions must be key priority

15 January 2018

Glasgow Airport has today announced proposals to change flight paths around Glasgow and south-west Scotland. Commenting on the news, Jamie Wylie, Communications Officer, said: “We’ll be taking a close look at Glasgow Airport’s proposals. “Aircraft noise is a major problem worldwide, causing significant public health problems, so we’ll be reviewing what these new proposals mean for…

City Deals need urgent review for climate and equalities

08 January 2018

The Local Government and Communities Committee has today published its report on the City Region Deals. The report draws on evidence gathered by the LGC Committee in recent months, and makes a number of conclusions and recommendations on the City Region Deal process. Among the Committee’s findings are: There is a mismatch between the objectives…

Tom Hart’s transport news, October-December 2017

31 December 2017

Tom Hart of Scottish Association for Public Transport (SAPT) presents his transport news for 1 October to 31 December 2017:   MAIN NEW ISSUES Concern has grown that the impact of any finalised Brexit could be negative for a UK economy already performing less well than other parts of Europe – but steps have also…

Scottish Budget: Regressive aviation tax cut proposals undermine improved transport plans

14 December 2017

The Scottish Government has today revealed its draft budget for 2018-19. Among the key announcements for the transport budget were: A continued commitment to cut Air Passenger Duty Bus budget increased by £14.7 million Ferry services budget increased by £59.5 million Roads budget decreased by £135.5 million Rail budget increased by £33.0 million Doubling of…

Smart ticketing: Time to deliver fully integrated transport across Scotland

06 December 2017

Transform Scotland yesterday responded to the Scottish Government’s consultation on smart ticketing. The consultation sets out proposals to provide a nation-wide smart ticketing programme covering multiple modes of transport. Whilst we support the principle of smart ticketing across Scotland, it is vital that such a scheme is fully integrated with all modes of public transport…

Buses consultation “a missed opportunity” to tackle bus decline

05 December 2017

Transform Scotland has today responded to the Scottish Government’s consultation on local bus services. The response highlights concerns that the consultation misses an opportunity to address the factors underlying the long-term decline in bus use. Failing to introduce legislation which tackles these factors risks a further decline in both patronage and services across Scotland. Whilst…

Transform Scotland launches social enterprise consultancy – Transform Consulting

30 November 2017

Transform Scotland NEWS RELEASE For immediate use: Thursday 30 November 2017 Transform Scotland launches social enterprise consultancy – Transform Consulting Transform Scotland [1] has today (Thursday 30th) announced the launch of its new consultancy arm, Transform Consulting. It has been set up as a social enterprise specifically for the purpose of reinvesting profits into Transform…

LEZs: Focus must be on cutting car use to deliver clean air

28 November 2017

Transform Scotland has today responded to the Scottish Government’s consultation on the introduction of Low Emission Zones (LEZs). The consultation comes after the Government’s announcement in the Programme for Government that four LEZs would come into force in Edinburgh, Glasgow, Dundee and Aberdeen by 2020. Glasgow will be the first city in Scotland to have…

Buses should be more central to Scottish transport policy

20 November 2017

Commenting on the KPMG report ‘Trends in Scottish bus patronage’ for CPT Scotland, Transform Scotland director Colin Howden said: “It is imperative for Scotland to have strong bus services to provide a compelling alternative to private car use. In urban areas, we need to see action for the strict enforcement of existing bus lanes, improved…

Proposed cuts to concessionary travel “perverse”

17 November 2017

Transform Scotland have responded to the Scottish Government’s ‘Consultation on Free Bus Travel for Older and Disabled People and Modern Apprentices’. Transform Scotland director Colin Howden said: “Whilst it is understandable that government wishes to contain future costs, the proposed approach is at the expense of some of the less well-off people in society. This…

New franchise on West Coast Main Line offers opportunities for Anglo-Scottish rail

13 November 2017

Transform Scotland has today issued a briefing on the new Partnership for the West Coast Main Line (WCML) and the subsequent introduction of HS2 services. The West Coast franchise renewal offers an ideal opportunity to develop more and faster services, prepare the way for HS2 services, as well as increasing the modal shift from car and…

Parliament’s environment committee hears Transform’s views on Air Quality

07 November 2017

Transform Scotland chair Phil Matthews today gave oral evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee as part of its inquiry into air quality. As part of his evidence, Phil said: “I welcome the air quality strategy and the proposals on low-emission zones, but we believe that we could go further….

Parliament’s local government committee hears Transform’s views on City Deals

01 November 2017

Transform Scotland policy advisor Chris Day today gave oral evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s Local Government and Communities Committee as part of its inquiry into City Region Deals. As part of his evidence, Chris argued that the City Deals had not been sufficiently subject to scrutiny as to how they delivered for equalities and the…

Welcome steps on active travel, but much more to be done to meet targets

31 October 2017

Transform Scotland has issued a briefing ahead of today’s parliamentary debate on active travel in Scotland. The briefing welcomes the Scottish Government’s announcement of increased funding for walking and cycling from £39 million to £80 million from 2018/19. However, a number of serious issues are highlighted, including the failure to increase cycling rates. Currently only…

New campaign seeks public’s ideas to “transform transport in Scotland”

27 October 2017

Transform Scotland has today launched a new campaign, #Transform20, to hear the public’s ideas to transform transport in Scotland. #Transform20 welcomes members of the public and organisations to submit their best ideas to improve Scotland’s transport system and deliver sustainable, affordable, reliable transport for everyone. The twenty best ideas will be selected by an expert judging…

TRAC research shows Scotland is leading the way on electric vehicles

11 October 2017

Research published by WWF Scotland today shows that Scotland has world leading targets on phasing out the use of petrol and diesel cars. The research – carried out by Transform Scotland’s social enterprise research consultancy TRAC – put Scotland in the top six countries globally* for setting targets for the use of electric vehicles. The…

Transform Scotland Annual Report 2017

03 October 2017

We are pleased to publish our Annual Report for 2017. It’s been another exciting year, with new campaigns and research launched and our social enterprises going from strength to strength, as we continue to make the case for a sustainable transport system which works for everyone. There is still however much more work to be done. We…

Tom Hart’s transport notes, 1 July to 30 September 2017

30 September 2017

This commentary is from Tom Hart from Scottish Association for Public Transport, although they’re his own personal views.   MAIN NEW ISSUES UK government announces long delayed plans to improve air quality and health (and also reducing greenhouse gas emissions). This proposes a ban on sale of new diesel and petrol cars and vans by…

Glasgow Transport Summit presentation

27 September 2017

Transform Scotland director Colin Howden’s presentation to today’s Glasgow Transport Summit is now available. The Summit was hosted by Glasgow City Council’s transport convenor Cllr Anna Richardson and held in the Glasgow City Chambers.

Transport and Travel statistics: Scottish Budget must favour sustainable transport to reverse worrying declines

26 September 2017

Transport Scotland has today published new statistics which highlight worrying trends for sustainable modes of transport. ‘Transport and Travel in Scotland 2016′, compiled by the Office for National Statistics, shows a decline in people walking to work and using the bus, and an increase in journeys made by plane and car between 2015 and 2016. There were…