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Michael Matheson MSP discusses the SNP’s transport vision in our final ‘Moving the Vote’ event

Published 23 April 2021 by Transform Scotland

On Friday 23 April we held the fifth and final event in our ‘Moving the Vote: Transport Conversations with the parties’ series. A recording of which can be found here. We welcomed Michael Matheson MSP from the Scottish National Party, the current Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity, alongside Alastair Dalton, Transport Correspondent for The Scotsman/Scotland on Sunday, as chair. 

After events with the Scottish: Conservatives, Lib Dems, Labour and Greens, it was great to hear from the SNP. 

The event began with introductions from Transform’s Policy Officer, Marie Felderman, and Alastair Dalton. Afterwards, Michael Matheson gave a brief outline of the Scottish National Party’s vision for Scotland’s transport sector. Noting that: 

  • The SNP consider transport key to reaching the net zero target by 2045
  • They will commit to spending £500m on bus prioritisation in the next five years
  • His party will ensure that any school age child has access to a bike 

During the Q&A, concerns were raised by members of the audience about the SNP’s continued spending on the A9 and A96, especially in contrast to the much smaller budget dedicated to the Highland Main Line. 

The event was live-tweeted from the Transform Scotland account and can be summarised by the tweets below:

Our thanks again to Michael Matheson MSP for speaking at this event, and Alastair Dalton for chairing it.