Tag Archives: Rail

Welcome for new call to re-connect Perth and Edinburgh by rail

A new report published today has echoed our call to reinstate a direct rail line between Perth and Edinburgh. Greengauge 21, a rail consultancy group, made the recommendation as part of their new report, ‘Beyond HS2‘. The report sets out a number of improvements that are necessary to improve rail connections across the UK. The…

Smart ticketing: Time to deliver fully integrated transport across Scotland

Transform Scotland yesterday responded to the Scottish Government’s consultation on smart ticketing. The consultation sets out proposals to provide a nation-wide smart ticketing programme covering multiple modes of transport. Whilst we support the principle of smart ticketing across Scotland, it is vital that such a scheme is fully integrated with all modes of public transport…

Queensferry Crossing: Now time for public transport to take priority

Commenting on the opening of the Queensferry Crossing, Colin Howden, Director of Transform Scotland, said: “The Government stated that an additional crossing was needed because of concerns over the structural integrity of the existing bridge. As part of the decision to go ahead with the Queensferry Crossing, there was a specific commitment that the Forth…

Inequality in transport prices continues to increase

Today it was revealed that rail fares are set to increase by as much as 3.6% from January 2018, continuing a trend of rising prices for rail passengers over many years. Price increases in Scotland will be lower than those in England and Wales due to a cap introduced by the Scottish Government. However, rail passengers – particularly…

What We Want For Scottish Transport

We are pleased to launch our manifesto setting out our vision of a more sensible transport system for Scotland: For pedestrians and cyclists For public transport passengers For road users We have identified a set of simple measures that outline solutions to some of Scottish transport’s key problems. We feel that all of Scotland’s political…

Rail should capture more of East Coast traffic

Commenting on today’s award of the East Coast Main Line franchise to Virgin and Stagecoach (to operate as Virgin Trains East Coast), Transform Scotland rail campaigner Paul Tetlaw said: “Transform Scotland believes that rail could and should capture much more of the travel market from Central Scotland to London. In the past we have worked…

New East Lothian rail stations a forecast success

Transform Scotland have published a Parliamentary briefing issued to all MSPs in advance of 27/11/14 Scottish Parliament debate on reopening of East Linton and Reston railway stations. The briefing (see right) reports on how recently reopening railway lines and stations in Scotland have often had vastly under-estimated forecasts of likely rail patronage. External links: Details…