Author Archives: Colin Howden

New action required to embed the benefits of distributed working

We’ve today published an update on our ‘Connected Recovery’ report of June 2020, highlighting whether there has been progress in embedding the benefits of distributed working necessitated by the pandemic lockdowns. The June 2020 report had recommended that: The Scottish Government, Scottish Public Bodies & the Scottish Parliament demonstrate their own commitment to distributed working….

Scotland’s Railway – The Year Ahead

Transform’s rail spokesperson Paul Tetlaw has prepared a new commentary on what developments we might see on Scotland’s railways over the coming year.   Government Transport Policies The future development of the railway in Scotland will be shaped by government policies not only for the railway itself but across all transport modes. If we are…

‘Now is the time to invest for the long-term future of our public transport networks’

In our ‘Transport Recovery – Rebuilding Public Transport Patronage’ report published on 25 June 2020, we examined the impact of the pandemic on public transport and the routes to recovery – focussing in particular on measures needed to enable a ‘green and healthy’ recovery. Twelve months on, report author Paul Tetlaw reflects on what has…

Treasury’s aviation tax proposals would create perverse incentives for flying over rail

Transform Scotland has published its response to the HM Treasury’s ‘Aviation Tax Reform’ consultation. Transform’s policy officer Marie Ferdelman said: “Flying is by far the most climate-damaging form of travel. Reducing the cost of flying, especially in a domestic context where there are less environmentally damaging viable alternatives, sends the wrong message and undermines confidence…

Transform responds to SPT’s ‘Case for Change’ consultation

Transform Scotland has published its response to Strathclyde Partnership for Transport’s Regional Transport Strategy ‘Case for Change’ consultation. Transform’s response to the consultation takes the form of a letter sent by Transform’s director Colin Howden. While welcoming the narrative on the existing situation in the SPT area as being “informative and indeed interesting”, we find…

New report shows business should be front and centre in creating Car-Free City Centres

Transform Scotland News Release Thursday 10 June 2021 Transform Scotland has today (June 10) published a new report titled ‘Open for Business: Gaining business support for transforming city centres’. Using an analysis of Oslo’s Bilfritt Byliv – Car Free City Life scheme – the report shows that transforming city centres into areas that prioritse pedestrians,…

Active recovery: Locking-in the active travel benefits

We’re delighted to have two speakers at today’s National Active Travel Conference. Our Enterprise Manager, Elspeth Wray, is making a joint presentation with Cycling Scotland on the topic of ‘Access to bikes – a nationwide survey of bike schemes’. This reports on the research carried out by Transform Consulting for Cycling Scotland in 2020. Also…

Climate Emergency must frame new Ministerial team’s priorities for transport

Transform director Colin Howden reflects on the aftermath of the 2021 Scottish Parliament election, and considers some priorities for the new Ministerial team to prioritise. So after all that, it’s basically no change at Holyrood. Another minority SNP administration, the Tories still beating out Labour into second, and the Greens pulling further away from the…

Scottish Ministers should be given full powers necessary to grow the railway in Scotland

Transform’s rail spokesperson Paul Tetlaw has commented on today’s publication by the UK Department for Transport of the ‘Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail’: “We note the publication of the Williams Review and welcome statements about the intended reform of ticketing and restoration of lost rail links. “For Scotland, control over ScotRail and the desire for further…