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Coronavirus brings opportunities for car-free tourism

The Coronavirus pandemic has encouraged many of us to choose to holiday at home this summer. Indeed, on 23 June the First Minister said: “I will be delighted to encourage people to have staycations in Scotland and in all the beautiful parts of our country.” [1] The First Minister reiterated this sentiment on 28 July…

Clear and consistent advice required for rebuilding public transport patronage

Large parts of society are reopening — including the tourism, hospitality, and leisure sectors — as lockdown is gradually lifted in Scotland. This will drive the increased use of public transport, as has been accepted this week by Scottish transport minister Michael Matheson.  Yet as reported by Transport Focus in their UK-wide review, there needs…

Sustainable travel and homeworking key to a fair, low-carbon Corona Recovery

We have today submitted our evidence to the Economy, Energy and Fair Work Committee’s inquiry into the impact of COVID-19 on businesses, workers and the economy in Scotland. The economic damage of the Corona Crisis has increased calls for public spending on large infrastructure projects in order to provide an economic stimulus. Given the ongoing…

June Newsletter — Risky Business

We are today sharing our June Newsletter. You can read the newsletter in full here. It covers: The risks of increased car use during the recovery from the Coronavirus pandemic. A summary of Transform’s four ‘National Development’ proposals published in response to the NPF4 consultation. A summary of the reports published as part of our…

June Newsletter — Corona Recovery

The Corona Crisis is severely impacting Scottish society and, as we are beginning to see, it will have long-lasting effects. We have been discussing with our members what that future might look like for transport and how we can ensure that the Corona Recovery leads us to a fairer, greener and more robust transport system….

June Newsletter — Member Profile — Community Rail Network

Community Rail Network supports and champions community-based groups that promote sustainable travel by rail and build positive links between local people and their railways. Across Britain, we now have: 71 community rail partnerships, working along a line or across a locality to promote awareness, use and involvement in rail, and feed in local insights to…

June Newsletter — Campaigns Update — NPF4

In May, Transform Scotland published four ‘National Development’ proposals and a covering letter in response to the Scottish Government’s consultation on the new National Planning Framework (NPF4). Since then, publication of NPF4 has been delayed from this September until autumn 2021. Given the previous link in the timelines of NPF4 and the Strategic Transport Projects…

May Newsletter — Fighting for a Green and Just Recovery

We are today sharing our May Newsletter. You can read the newsletter in full here. It covers: Our call for a green and just recovery to the Coronavirus pandemic. A series of consultations relating to sustainable transport we would encourage those interested to consider responding to. A summary of our response to Transport Scotland’s call…

Light rail networks key to tackling congestion in Scotland’s major cities

We have today published our proposal for ‘Light Rail Networks in Scotland’s Major Cities‘ in response to the Scottish Government’s consultation on the new National Planning Framework (NPF4). Congestion poses a serious threat to the future of Scotland’s cities and their prospects for growth, and a modern public transport system is an important factor in…