Author Archives: Colin Howden

Welsh follows Scots lead on traffic demand management, but also lacks clear path towards delivery

Transform’s policy officer Marie Ferdelman comments upon the Welsh Government’s draft ‘National transport delivery plan: 2022 to 2027‘: “Traffic reduction through demand management is now on the political agenda in Scotland and in Wales. The Welsh Government has just published its National Transport Delivery Plan 2022, which features car demand management. “Wales has followed Scotland’s…

Decisive decade, or just business-as-usual?

Transform’s director Colin Howden reflects on the National Transport Strategy Delivery Plan, published on 8 June. On the face of it, there is much to welcome and indeed support in the new National Transport Strategy Delivery Plan.  There is a commitment to deliver safer roads, improve health and well-being through an extension in active travel,…

Concern expressed at scrapping of high-speed capacity serving Scotland

Transform has today written to the UK Department for Transport expressing concern at the scrapping of a section of the HS2 project that would have provided faster journey times to Scotland and provided a realistic alternative to short-haul flights from the Scottish Central Belt to London. In the letter to Westminster transport secretary Grant Shapps…

Welcome for Reston’s restoration to Scottish rail network

Transform Scotland has welcomed the new addition to the Scottish rail network: the reopening of Reston Station. Transform’s rail spokesperson Paul Tetlaw, who visited the new station on its opening day courtesy of Transpennine Express, said: “Monday was a memorable day for the village of Reston and it’s surrounding catchment area. Not since the 1960s…

First-ever Scottish Bus Week launched today by Transform’s #lovemybus campaign

Scottish Bus Week is an opportunity for everyone to celebrate bus! An initiative from #lovemybus (from Transform Scotland) is supported by Paths for All and partners – including First Bus, Stagecoach Scotland, Lothian Buses, Borders Buses, West Coast Motors, Glasgow Citybus  – Scottish Bus Week will be delivered in partnership with CPT Scotland. Full details here:…

Local Elections 2022: Securing traffic reduction locally

Transform’s policy officer Marie Ferdelman reflects on this Thursday’s Scottish local elections. In two days people across Scotland will be voting to elect their new Councillors. The issues that will inform people’s vote will be varied, but transport will undoubtedly be one of them and for good reason. At a national level there is a…

STPR2: Lack of traffic demand management spoils transport infrastructure strategy

Transform Scotland has today published its response to the Scottish Government’s Strategic Transport Projects Review (STPR2). The proposals have much to welcome, with a welcome set of proposals for investment in active travel; expanded mass transit networks in Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow; and a shift from new road-building to road maintenance, as a response to…

Walk, Wheel, Cycle, Vote: four weeks to go until the elections!

Transform Scotland is pleased to be one of the sixty organisations supporting Walk, Wheel, Cycle, Vote. The campaign is asking all candidates for the Scottish local elections being held on Thursday 5 May to sign up to three clear pledges that will make Scotland a country where everyone has the choice to walk, wheel or…

NPF4: Like NPF3, this plan will fail to deliver without clear capital investment programme

Transform Scotland has today published its response to the Scottish Government consultation on National Planning Framework 4. Our conclusions are that: There are many positive developments in the proposed framework. We welcome the importance being attached to place-based approaches, especially by embedding the 20-minute ‘liveable’ neighbourhood approach and that sustainable transport through rapid transit networks,…