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On this page, you will find the latest news from Transform Scotland, with the occasional contribution from some of our member groups.

Novemeber Newsletter — Campaigns Update

26 November 2020

Transform Scotland communications officer Matt McDonald reports on a selection of our recent campaigns activities. Bus Over the past month, we held two events to support bus use.  On 17 November we hosted the Scottish Parliament Cross Party Group on Cycling, Walking, and Buses. Keith Watson (Customer Development Director, Alexander Dennis Limited) spoke on the…

Building back better?: Scotland’s capital expenditure priorities

26 November 2020

Transform director Colin Howden writes about the capital expenditure choices faced by national and local governments. The next few months promise to be a busy period for decision-making on infrastructure investment, with a multitude of overlapping processes underway. But it remains an open question as to whether governments, central and local, will live up to…

November Newsletter — Members’ Profile: Hiyacar

26 November 2020

Hiyacar is the UK’s longest trading peer to peer car sharing platform with over 100,000 members. Their aim is to change local mobility by enabling people to share their cars with others in their local community. By getting drivers a car when and where they want one, hiyacar is making better use of some of…

National charities call for review of government’s transport spending plans

24 November 2020

Paths for All, RSPB Scotland, Sustrans Scotland, Transform Scotland & WWF Scotland send joint letter to Scottish Ministers A group of national transport and environment charities have today (Tuesday 24th) written to Cabinet Secretary Michael Matheson to express their “deep concern” at the transport spending priorities set out in the Scottish Government’s draft Infrastructure Investment…

Infrastructure Investment Plan maintains historic bias towards high-carbon transport

20 November 2020

Transform Scotland has published its response to the Scottish Government’s consultation on the ‘Draft Infrastructure Investment Plan 2021-22 to 2025-26’. Transform Scotland’s Policy Officer Marie Ferdelman said: “Given the context of the Climate Emergency and the continued high climate impact of the Scottish transport sector we would have expected the Draft Infrastructure Investment Plan to…

Parliament report on Green Recovery highlights key actions to “transform transport networks”

09 November 2020

Transform Scotland has today welcomed the report of the Scottish Parliament’s Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee’s ‘Green Recovery Inquiry Report’. On transport, the report identifies “the need to transform transport networks was identified as critical to a green recovery” (p33), and goes on to make recommendations to: Promote public transport: the committee “seeks…

October Newsletter — Campaigns Update

29 October 2020

Transform’s communications officer Matt McDonald reports on a selection of our recent campaigns activities. Infrastructure Investment Plan We had a close look at the draft Infrastructure Investment Plan (IIP) upon its publication on 24 September. We shared our initial reaction on the day of publication. Transform director, Colin Howden, commented: “There are lots of warm…

October Newsletter — Members’ Profile: A96 Action

29 October 2020

A96 Action was formed in October 2018 in response to Transport Scotland’s proposals to create a “new A96” to the north of Inverurie in the East of Huntly to Aberdeen section of the proposed dual carriageway from Aberdeen to Inverness. While the A96 Action Group supports measures that improve road safety, address peak time congestion,…

Transform’s Annual Report for 2020

29 October 2020

Transform’s enterprise manager Elspeth Wray writes: 2020 has been a year of profound change. It’s sometimes a struggle to remember what life was like at the start of the year, but we’ve just published our Annual Report to help make sense of it all.  We started the year with two main campaign priorities: (1) to…

Transport, Design, or the Design of Transport — Transform’s enterprises

15 October 2020

Today we’re sharing our September newsletter for Transform Creative and Transform Consulting. Whether you’re interested in transport or design, or the design of transport, we’re delighted to share our stories with you. You can read the news in full here. It shares: Branding work that Transform Creative completed to launch the Environmental Port Index in…

High-carbon roads remain the priority in ‘business as usual’ Infrastructure Investment Plan

12 October 2020

Transform policy officer, Marie Ferdelman, presented to members and supporters on the draft Infrastructure Investment Plan (IIP) for Scotland 2021-22 to 2025-26. You can find the full presentation here and view the video of the presentation here. Marie presented an overview of the transport content in the draft IIP including summarising the low-carbon and high-carbon…

M9 Winchburgh Junction proposals fail to deliver on the priorities of the NTS

08 October 2020

Transform submitted our objection to the M9 Winchburgh Junction proposals to Transport Scotland. Our objection is based on a number of reasons: It fails to deliver on any of the four main priorities in the National Transport Strategy – to reduce inequalities, taking climate action, helping deliver inclusive economic growth, and improving health and wellbeing….

Scotland’s Railway: Decarbonisation and Enhancement

29 September 2020

The Convener of Transform’s Policy Forum, Paul Tetlaw, has written an article for the Rail Professional journal looking at the plans for decarbonising Scotland’s railway. You can read the article in full on the Rail Professional website.

Infrastructure Investment Plan fails to act on Climate Emergency

24 September 2020

Transform Scotland has published its initial views on the Infrastructure Investment Plan. Transform director Colin Howden said: “There are lots of warm words in the Plan about ‘Green Recovery’, ‘Green Jobs’, and ‘Net Zero Carbon Economy’. But as far as we can see there’s not a single new penny in the Plan for low-carbon, sustainable…

September Newsletter — Campaigns Update

24 September 2020

Programme for Government Our focus over the past month has been the 2020-21 Programme for Government (PfG) which was published on 1 September. Our main observation is that whilst the focus on green jobs is laudable, the transport components of the PfG are unimpressive, generally restating commitments made twelve months ago on which progress has…

September Newsletter — Member Profile: Green Action Trust

24 September 2020

Green Action Trust – Scotland’s leading environmental regeneration charity. The Green Action Trust is the trusted delivery partner focussed on environmental and regeneration outcomes for Scotland. We work with a range of private, public and charity partners across Scotland to turn ideas into tangible change, to build more sustainable communities and a greener country. We…

Infrastructure Investment Plan a key test for tackling Climate Emergency

24 September 2020

Transform Scotland’s external affairs manager Jess Pepper writes: Transform Scotland is concerned that tackling the Climate Emergency – which is further exacerbating inequalities and threatening our future – with a just, green recovery may be losing emphasis in Scottish Government planning and budgets in relation to transport. The Infrastructure Investment Plan (to be published this…

Infrastructure Investment Plan needs to deliver low-carbon transformation

24 September 2020

Transform Scotland has issued a parliamentary briefing ahead of this afternoon’s Ministerial Statement on the new Draft Infrastructure Investment Plan. Transform director Colin Howden said: “The current Infrastructure Investment Plan is overwhelmingly skewed to high-carbon transport, with the £600m on low-carbon investment dwarfed by £6.4bn on high-carbon spend. “In the context of the Climate Emergency,…

AEF & Transform oppose further financial support for the aviation sector without action to tackle emissions

16 September 2020

The Aviation Environment Federation (AEF) & Transform Scotland have today jointly briefed the Scottish Parliament ahead of this afternoon’s Scottish Labour Party debate on aviation. Transform director Colin Howden said: “There is merit in some of the content of the Labour motion being presented in the Parliament this afternoon, including the references to climate and…

Programme for Government: helpful policy commitments, but spectacularly vague on spending

15 September 2020

Transform Director, Colin Howden, presented to the Transform members on the 2020-21 Scottish Government Programme for Government (PfG) on Thursday 10 September. Colin began by summarising the transport content in the PfG into eight categories: Reducing the need to travel / Digital connectivity 20-minute neighbourhoods Active Travel etc. Bus priority Low Emission Zones etc. Decarbonisation…

Commitment to green jobs will be found in Infrastructure Investment Plan spending priorities

01 September 2020

Commenting on this afternoon’s Programme for Government announcement, Transform director Colin Howden said: “The focus on green jobs is laudable, and it is important that we see investment in the supply chain for zero emission public transport where critical green jobs are under threat. “In this Climate Emergency, and to tackle inequalities, Scotland needs to…

August Newsletter — Ramblers Scotland Member Profile

20 August 2020

Ramblers Scotland is a membership organisation and charity with a grassroots network of 54 local groups who normally run 3,500 group walks a year, organised and led by experienced volunteers. As the representative body for walkers in Scotland and a governing body of sport, we work to champion walking, protect and promote access rights and…

August Newsletter — Tackling a Crisis

20 August 2020

Well that was a short summer! The return of the Scottish Parliament last week from its abbreviated summer recess means that the campaigning autumn season is again open. Of course, the Parliament never really went away, with meetings held at least once a week since the end of June. Tackling a crisis  All of the…

August Newsletter — Campaigns Update

20 August 2020

Corona Recovery Our early summer focus was on preparing a series of reports to influence  Corona Recovery. We acted quickly to give sustainable transport a strong voice in the rapidly-evolving coronavirus situation: Our ‘Just Recovery’ report looked at the social justice impacts of the lockdown, a topic that had received minimal attention from the media…

Candidates wanted for Chair of Transform’s Board of Directors

13 August 2020

Transform Scotland is the national alliance for sustainable transport. We campaign for a zero carbon transport network in which walking, cycling and public transport are the most attractive and affordable options. We are a registered charity, politically independent and strictly science-based. We are now seeking a new Chair for our board of directors to lead…