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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.


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…


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

07 August 2020

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

04 August 2020

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

30 July 2020

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

29 July 2020

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

28 July 2020

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

27 July 2020

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

27 July 2020

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

14 July 2020

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

03 July 2020

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

29 June 2020

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…


Celebration of urban motorways shows Transport Scotland stuck in the 1960s

26 June 2020

Commenting on today’s 50th anniversary of the opening of the Kingston Bridge, Transform director Colin Howden said: “Celebrating the bulldozing of elevated motorways through the centre of cities demonstrates the horrible complacency that runs right through Transport Scotland. “Siberia north of the Arctic Circle is on fire, burning from heatwaves caused by climate change. Transport…


New report: ‘Transport recovery: Rebuilding public transport patronage’

25 June 2020

TRANSPORT RECOVERY: New Transform report sets out transport investment priorities post-lockdown Transform Scotland [1] has today (Thursday 25 June) published its new report, ‘Transport Recovery’, which sets out transport investment priorities to rebuild public transport patronage post-lockdown. [2] This is the fourth and final of a series of reports that Transform has published in recent…


June Newsletter — Risky Business

23 June 2020

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…


New report: ‘Connected Recovery: Enabling the digital commute’

18 June 2020

CONNECTED RECOVERY: New Transform report sets out priorities for the ‘digital commute’ post-lockdown Transform Scotland [1] has today (Thursday 18 June) published a new report, ‘Connected Recovery’, which sets out recommendations for making ‘the digital commute’ the norm post-lockdown. [3] The report calls on the Scottish & UK Government, the Scottish Parliament, organisations across all…


June Newsletter — Corona Recovery

16 June 2020

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

16 June 2020

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

16 June 2020

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…


June Newsletter — Director’s Note

16 June 2020

Risky Business Risk was the theme of our evidence to the Parliament’s transport committee. Setting out the “broader risk context”, Paul Tetlaw outlined the risks of a Corona Recovery that sees a “great expansion of car use” at the expense of public transport: air pollution, climate emissions, obesity, car-clogged cities, and the undermining of decades…