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Priorities for a Green Recovery: evidence submitted to Finance Committee on Scottish Budget

We’ve today submitted our evidence paper on Pre-Budget Scrutiny to the Scottish Parliament’s Finance and Constitution Committee in response to its call for views. Transform director Colin Howden said: “The Scottish Budget’s current spending priorities are not consistent with Ministers’ assertions that they are taking the Climate Emergency seriously. Just two of the high-carbon road…

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…

Just Transition Commission: Strong welcome for support for bus in Scotland

Transform Scotland has strongly welcomed today’s advice from the Just Transition Commission to Scottish Ministers to ‘Back buses and support the supply chain’ as part of a just, green recovery. Jess Pepper, external affairs manager for Transform Scotland said: “We are glad to see the Commission urge action on existing Government commitments, as progress will…

Transform Consulting ‘Access to Bikes’ research for Cycling Scotland published

Cycling Scotland have published the ‘Access to Bikes Schemes in Scotland’ research that was prepared by our social enterprise consultancy, Transform Consulting. As reported in Cycling Scotland’s news release, the report finds: At least 200 organisations run access to bike schemes in Scotland including pool bike fleets, bike loans for events, public bike hire, cycle…

Rail electrification vision welcomed, but action needed by 2030 not 2035

Transform Scotland has welcomed the publication of the Rail Services Decarbonisation Action Plan, but expressed the need for greater urgency, with much of the action on electrification and decarbonisation required by 2030 rather than 2035. Transform Scotland rail spokesperson Paul Tetlaw said “We welcome publication of the Action Plan and the clear commitment that Scotland’s…

Job cuts at ADL would be a major setback for a Green Recovery in Scotland

Commenting on today’s announcement by Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) of a major restructuring that could lead to job cuts, Transform Scotland director Colin Howden commented: “Job cuts at ADL’s Falkirk plant would represent a major setback for the prospects for a Green Recovery in Scotland. “ADL is one of the few outstanding examples where Scotland…

Welcome for recommendation for independent advisory body to government on infrastructure investment

Transform Scotland’s director Colin Howden has made some initial observations regarding today’s publication of the Infrastructure Commission for Scotland’s report ‘Phase 2: Delivery Findings Report — A blueprint for Scotland’: “We welcome this new report from the Infrastructure Commission. As noted in today’s report, there certainly needs to be progress made in implementing many of…

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…

Ramblers & Transform team up on Just Transition to make case for active travel

Transform has published the response it has submitted to the Just Transition Commission jointly with Ramblers Scotland. Our joint submission submission calls for: (1) Rapid expansion of active travel infrastructure (2) Rapid development of paths for leisure and recreation (3) Investment in transition skills training and capacity building for transport planners and construction staff (4)…

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…