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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.


‘Now is the time to invest for the long-term future in our public transport networks’

24 June 2021

In our ‘Transport Recovery – Rebuilding Public Transport Patronage’ report published on 25 June 2020, we examined the impact of the pandemic on public transport and the routes to recovery – focussing in particular on measures needed to enable a ‘green and healthy’ recovery. Twelve months on, report author Paul Tetlaw reflects on what has…


Treasury’s aviation tax proposals would create perverse incentives for flying over rail

21 June 2021

Transform Scotland has published its response to the HM Treasury’s ‘Aviation Tax Reform’ consultation. Transform’s policy officer Marie Ferdelman said: “Flying is by far the most climate-damaging form of travel. Reducing the cost of flying, especially in a domestic context where there are less environmentally damaging viable alternatives, sends the wrong message and undermines confidence…


Transform responds to SPT’s ‘Case for Change’ consultation

18 June 2021

Transform Scotland has published its response to Strathclyde Partnership for Transport’s Regional Transport Strategy ‘Case for Change’ consultation. Transform’s response to the consultation takes the form of a letter sent by Transform’s director Colin Howden. While welcoming the narrative on the existing situation in the SPT area as being “informative and indeed interesting”, we find…


Campaigns Update — June 2021 newsletter

17 June 2021

Transform Scotland’s Communications Officer, Rachel McFarlane, reports on a selection of our recent campaigns activities. Committee structure for new parliament announced It has now been established that there will be a Net Zero Energy and Transport committee in the new parliament. We are pleased to see that transport is now more clearly represented, and that…


Trams to Newhaven — Member Profile for June 2021 newsletter

17 June 2021

Trams to Newhaven Supporting Local Businesses   Now 18 months into construction, the Trams to Newhaven project is making visible strides in its progress. The project, which will add 4.69 kilometres of track to the existing Edinburgh tramline, is set to take its first paying customers by Spring 2023. Connecting Leith and Newhaven to the…


New report shows business should be front and centre in creating Car-Free City Centres

10 June 2021

Transform Scotland News Release Thursday 10 June 2021 Transform Scotland has today (June 10) published a new report titled ‘Open for Business: Gaining business support for transforming city centres’. Using an analysis of Oslo’s Bilfritt Byliv – Car Free City Life scheme – the report shows that transforming city centres into areas that prioritse pedestrians,…


Active recovery: Locking-in the active travel benefits

02 June 2021

We’re delighted to have two speakers at today’s National Active Travel Conference. Our Enterprise Manager, Elspeth Wray, is making a joint presentation with Cycling Scotland on the topic of ‘Access to bikes – a nationwide survey of bike schemes’. This reports on the research carried out by Transform Consulting for Cycling Scotland in 2020. Also…


Open for Business: Gaining business support for transforming city centres

27 May 2021

How can we gain business support for car-free city planning? We are launching a new report written by Jamie Wylie titled “Open for Business – Gaining business support for transforming cities”. Oslo introduced one of Europe’s largest car-free zones between 2017 and 2019 and as part of his research, Jamie conducted interviews with local government…


Climate Emergency must frame new Ministerial team’s priorities for transport

21 May 2021

Transform director Colin Howden reflects on the aftermath of the 2021 Scottish Parliament election, and considers some priorities for the new Ministerial team to prioritise. So after all that, it’s basically no change at Holyrood. Another minority SNP administration, the Tories still beating out Labour into second, and the Greens pulling further away from the…


Scottish Ministers should be given full powers necessary to grow the railway in Scotland

20 May 2021

Transform’s rail spokesperson Paul Tetlaw has commented on today’s publication by the UK Department for Transport of the ‘Williams-Shapps Plan for Rail’: “We note the publication of the Williams Review and welcome statements about the intended reform of ticketing and restoration of lost rail links. “For Scotland, control over ScotRail and the desire for further…


Call for new Session of Parliament to scrutinise government transport plans

20 May 2021

Along with seven other organisations, we have written to the Scottish Parliament’s Presiding Officer and Deputy Presiding Officers to call for transport to be given adequate scrutiny in the new Session of Parliament. The eight groups are: CoMoUK Community Rail Network Paths for All Rail Freight Group Stagecoach Sustrans Transform Scotland Transport Focus The groups…


New Scottish Government ministerial team — Transform comment

20 May 2021

Transform’s director Colin Howden has congratulated the Scottish Government’s new ministerial team for transport. The new Cabinet sees Michael Matheson MSP, who held the brief for transport, infrastructure & connectivity in the last government, has now been appointed as Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero, Energy and Transport. Colin Howden said: “We’re pleased to see climate,…


Cycling Scotland — Member Profile for May 2021 newsletter

19 May 2021

Cycling Scotland  Cycling Scotland is the nation’s cycling organisation. Working with others, we help create and deliver opportunities and an environment so anyone anywhere in Scotland can cycle easily and safely. We provide a programme of support to help organisations be more cycling friendly, campaign for road safety for people on bikes, manage cycle training…


2020/21 Transform Scotland member survey — key findings

19 May 2021

1. What we did Over the past few months, we carried out a membership survey to find out what our members think about Transform Scotland. We supplemented the survey with telephone calls to some of our members we hadn’t spoken to much over the year, and/or who hadn’t completed the online survey. Overall, we received…


Moving the Vote: Analysis of transport in Holyrood party manifestos

26 April 2021

We have today published our report ‘Moving the Vote: Sustainable transport in the party manifestos for the 2021 Scottish Parliament elections’. The report sets out our analysis of transport in the manifestos of the five main political parties standing in the 6 May Scottish Parliament elections. Transport is the largest source of climate emissions in…


Edinburgh Napier’s Transport Research Institute celebrate their 25th anniversary – Member Profile for April 2021 newsletter

26 April 2021

Join us as we celebrate 25 years of Edinburgh Napier’s Transport Research Institute (TRI) TRI’s 25th anniversary Timeline Event, Thursday 29 April. At this event, you will hear from past members of TRI who will describe how it shaped over the years and the contributions they made to its current success. Hear from past students who…


Campaigns Update for April 2021 newsletter

26 April 2021

Transform Scotland’s Communications Officer, Rachel McFarlane, reports on a selection of our recent campaigns activities. Moving the Vote  We have now successfully held all five ‘Moving the Vote: Transport Conversations with the parties’ events. A recording of each can be found on our website. Since our last newsletter, we welcomed Sarah Boyack MSP from Scottish…


#lovemybus campaign update

26 April 2021

News from team #lovemybus This time last year, #lovemybus was due to roll out nationally after really positive engagement in the pilot, working with a great team at Stagecoach West Scotland. Clearly plans, as for so many, had to pivot as everyone was asked to #StayatHome while our partners in bus coped with the pandemic…


Michael Matheson MSP discusses the SNP’s transport vision in our final ‘Moving the Vote’ event

23 April 2021

On Friday 23 April we held the fifth and final event in our ‘Moving the Vote: Transport Conversations with the parties’ series. A recording of which can be found here. We welcomed Michael Matheson MSP from the Scottish National Party, the current Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity, alongside Alastair Dalton, Transport Correspondent for…


Moving the Vote – Mark Ruskell MSP outlines the Scottish Greens’ vision for Scotland’s transport sector

09 April 2021

  We held the fourth event in our ‘Moving the Vote: Transport Conversations with the parties’ series on Friday 9 Mar, a recording of which can be found here. In a last minute change, Alison Johnstone MSP was unfortunately no longer able to join us for this event. However, we were excited to welcome Mark…


Alarming failure by STPR2 to consider economic instruments for reducing traffic

06 April 2021

Transform Scotland has today published its response to the Transport Scotland consultation on the Jacobs/Aecom ‘STPR2 Update on Phase 1 Recommendations’ report. Amongst other things, the report sets out a set of 20 recommended interventions, many of which are welcome, and at least half of which Transform has advocated for at some point. The report…


Moving the Vote – Sarah Boyack MSP outlines Scottish Labour’s plans to achieve a sustainable transport sector

29 March 2021

We held the third event in our ‘Moving the Vote: Transport Conversations with the parties’ series on Friday 26 March, a recording of which can be found here. We were excited to welcome Sarah Boyack MSP, Scottish Labour’s Spokesperson on Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform, alongside Alastair Dalton, Transport Correspondent for The Scotsman/Scotland on…


What Do Transport Groups Want from the next Scottish Government?

26 March 2021

The Scottish Parliament’s Cross-Party Group on Cycling, Walking & Buses held its final meeting on Tuesday 9 March. At this meeting, the members of the group were asked to share their top policy recommendations regarding the future of walking, cycling and buses in Scotland. Transform director Colin Howden said: “We’ve been very happy to provide…


ScotRail in the Community – Member Profile for March 2021 newsletter

25 March 2021

Since 2005, ScotRail has been partnering with community groups and charities all over Scotland to rejuvenate and transform many of our railway stations. There are more than 1200 volunteers contributing to their local communities in a variety of different activities and projects – from community classes to station adopters. Our ‘adopt a station’ volunteering programme…


Campaign Update for March 2021 newsletter

25 March 2021

In February, our Communications Officer Matt McDonald left the Transform team and has now started with the Scottish Youth Parliament. We wish him all the best in his new role! To replace Matt, we welcome on board Rachel McFarlane, who previously volunteered with Transform during her time at university and is excited to take on…