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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.


Roads to Ruin one year on: Better policies, but road spending plans largely unchanged

10 August 2022

A year ago today we published our ‘Roads to Ruin’ report, which found that Transport Scotland: Spent over £4 billion on new roads between 2011 and 2021, and Had projects to expand road capacity worth more than £7 billion in the pipeline. Note that this £7 billion is not the budget for repairs or upgrading…


Welsh follows Scots lead on traffic demand management, but also lacks clear path towards delivery

21 July 2022

Transform’s policy officer Marie Ferdelman comments upon the Welsh Government’s draft ‘National transport delivery plan: 2022 to 2027‘: “Traffic reduction through demand management is now on the political agenda in Scotland and in Wales. The Welsh Government has just published its National Transport Delivery Plan 2022, which features car demand management. “Wales has followed Scotland’s…


Transform’s role in holding Government to account remains as critical as ever: 2022 annual report published

23 June 2022

We’ve today published our new Annual Report. This year’s report focuses on our top three priorities for 2022: Cut road traffic by 20% by 2030;  Make public transport more affordable than driving; Switch spending from new roads to sustainable transport. Transform’s acting chair Stuart Hay notes in his ‘Message from the Chair’ that: “Scotland now…


Recent updates from Transform

15 June 2022

Transform’s communications officer, Rachel McFarlane, reports on a few of our recent activities.  Scottish Bus Week success! The first-ever Scottish Bus Week, which took place during the last week of May, centred around the celebration of bus and the role that buses can play as a solution to the country’s transport challenges. The Bus Week…


Member profile: Raleigh UK

14 June 2022

Raleigh UK is one of the world’s oldest and best-known bike brands. Established in 1887 in Nottingham, England and with over 130 years heritage, it is this that drives their passion for cycling and the vision for the future. They believe that sustainable production and products will ultimately add value to the company, which in…


Decisive decade, or just business-as-usual?

14 June 2022

Transform’s director Colin Howden reflects on the National Transport Strategy Delivery Plan, published on 8 June. On the face of it, there is much to welcome and indeed support in the new National Transport Strategy Delivery Plan.  There is a commitment to deliver safer roads, improve health and well-being through an extension in active travel,…


Achieving 20% reduction in car kms: A question of logistics

14 June 2022

We have today published the video and minutes from the Cross-Party Group on Sustainable Transport meeting that took place on Tuesday 24 May. At this meeting Clare Linton, the policy and research advisor at the Urban Transport Group, presented on the decarbonisation of freight and logistics; followed by Professor Iain Docherty from the University of…


Concern expressed at scrapping of high-speed capacity serving Scotland

09 June 2022

Transform has today written to the UK Department for Transport expressing concern at the scrapping of a section of the HS2 project that would have provided faster journey times to Scotland and provided a realistic alternative to short-haul flights from the Scottish Central Belt to London. In the letter to Westminster transport secretary Grant Shapps…


Germany’s 9-Euro-Ticket an unprecedented experiment for growing public transport

01 June 2022

Transform’s policy officer Marie Ferdelman reports from Germany on the new 9-Euro-Ticket which was introduced today (1 June). Paying just over £7.50 for a monthly public transport pass sounds like something that might have last happened in the 1970s. But it is in fact what Germans will be paying from today until the end of…


Welcome for Reston’s restoration to Scottish rail network

26 May 2022

Transform Scotland has welcomed the new addition to the Scottish rail network: the reopening of Reston Station. Transform’s rail spokesperson Paul Tetlaw, who visited the new station on its opening day courtesy of Transpennine Express, said: “Monday was a memorable day for the village of Reston and it’s surrounding catchment area. Not since the 1960s…


First-ever Scottish Bus Week launched today by Transform’s #lovemybus campaign

23 May 2022

Scottish Bus Week is an opportunity for everyone to celebrate bus! An initiative from #lovemybus (from Transform Scotland) is supported by Paths for All and partners – including First Bus, Stagecoach Scotland, Lothian Buses, Borders Buses, West Coast Motors, Glasgow Citybus  – Scottish Bus Week will be delivered in partnership with CPT Scotland. Full details here:…


Our campaign activities over the last month: Travel Smart & The Big Give

18 May 2022

Our communications officer, Rachel McFarlane, reports on our campaigning activities over the past month. –> Travel Smart: Fly less while achieving more.  On Tuesday 10 May, Transform Scotland joined Transport & Environment (T&E) Europe’s leading campaign group for clean mobility, to launch the ‘Travel Smart’ campaign. During the coronavirus pandemic we realised that business travel is…


Too few Scottish businesses pledge to reduce business flying, new corporate ranking finds 

10 May 2022

Together with Transport & Environment (T&E), Europe’s leading campaign group for clean mobility, Transform Scotland is today launching the Travel Smart campaign to encourage companies to fly less while achieving more. Transform Scotland and T&E have published a groundbreaking benchmarking of 230 global companies based on their business travel practice. Top companies are defining targets…


Local Elections 2022: Securing traffic reduction locally

03 May 2022

Transform’s policy officer Marie Ferdelman reflects on this Thursday’s Scottish local elections. In two days people across Scotland will be voting to elect their new Councillors. The issues that will inform people’s vote will be varied, but transport will undoubtedly be one of them and for good reason. At a national level there is a…


#GreenMatchFund campaign success

02 May 2022

Thank you. We have been overwhelmed by the support we received for our Roads to Ruin campaign. In total almost £7,000 has been raised. This could not have been achieved without you or the support of the Big Give’s Champions who matched your donation – so one donation, double the impact. Every penny will help…


The Big Give, Green Match Fund goes LIVE today!

22 April 2022

Transform Scotland has been successful in applying to the Big Give, Green Match Fund for our Roads to Ruin campaign which goes LIVE today. Help stop new road-building in Scotland. Transport is the biggest source of climate emissions in Scotland, yet the governments continue to pour money into destructive new road schemes. We will campaign…


Transport and climate: putting in place the right incentives

19 April 2022

Our director, Colin Howden, discusses the necessity of cutting transport emissions in order to reach our climate targets, and how we might go about achieving this. Transport is the toughest problem in hitting Scotland’s climate targets. In recent years, it has become the largest source of emissions, and despite an unceasing flow of consultations and…


Community rail in Scotland looks to the future

19 April 2022

As ScotRail services transferred into public ownership on 1st April, Scotland’s network of community rail partnerships and station groups looked forward to playing an increasingly strong role in shifting Scotland towards a more sustainable and inclusive transport future. Community Rail Network, the umbrella body for community rail, and member of Transform Scotland, highlighted how the…


STPR2: Lack of traffic demand management spoils transport infrastructure strategy

13 April 2022

Transform Scotland has today published its response to the Scottish Government’s Strategic Transport Projects Review (STPR2). The proposals have much to welcome, with a welcome set of proposals for investment in active travel; expanded mass transit networks in Aberdeen, Edinburgh and Glasgow; and a shift from new road-building to road maintenance, as a response to…


The Big Give: double your donation and help us to campaign for active and public transport

12 April 2022

Transform Scotland has been successful in applying to the Big Give, Green Match Fund for our Roads to Ruin campaign. Transport is the single biggest source of climate emissions in Scotland and little progress has been made over the last thirty years to reduce this. Donations through the Green Match Fund will help us campaign…


Reducing the dominance of cars in Scotland: a question of equality.

08 April 2022

We have today published the video and minutes from the Cross-Party Group on Sustainable Transport meeting, where Bruce Whyte, the Public Health Programme Manager at Glasgow Centre for Population Health, discussed what health impacts have resulted from the increase in road traffic over the past 50+ years. As part of his presentation, Bruce highlighted that…


Walk, Wheel, Cycle, Vote: four weeks to go until the elections!

07 April 2022

Transform Scotland is pleased to be one of the sixty organisations supporting Walk, Wheel, Cycle, Vote. The campaign is asking all candidates for the Scottish local elections being held on Thursday 5 May to sign up to three clear pledges that will make Scotland a country where everyone has the choice to walk, wheel or…


Traffic reduction route map: Strong target, poor plan.

06 April 2022

Transform Scotland has today published its response to the Scottish Government’s consultation on the ‘20% reduction in car kilometres’ route map. We strongly support the target and commend the Scottish Government for its ambitions here. Cutting traffic levels is essential for reaching our legally binding climate targets as it has been concluded that switching to…


NPF4: Like NPF3, this plan will fail to deliver without clear capital investment programme

04 April 2022

Transform Scotland has today published its response to the Scottish Government consultation on National Planning Framework 4. Our conclusions are that: There are many positive developments in the proposed framework. We welcome the importance being attached to place-based approaches, especially by embedding the 20-minute ‘liveable’ neighbourhood approach and that sustainable transport through rapid transit networks,…


ScotRail: It’s time for a concerted rail recovery strategy to win back lost passengers

01 April 2022

Commenting on the new start for ScotRail under Scottish Government ownership, Transform’s rail spokesperson Paul Tetlaw said: “We welcome the new start for ScotRail from 1 April with a much closer working relationship between the different parts of the railway and with the Scottish Government. “This should allow better and more focused long term planning…