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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.


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…


Spring Statement does nothing for public transport users. What about the third of households without a car?

23 March 2022

Commenting on today’s Spring Statement, Transform director Colin Howden said: “Today’s Spring Statement does absolutely nothing for public transport users. The Chancellor clearly thinks that everyone has a car. What about the third of households who have no access to a car? “Fuel tax cuts disproportionately benefit the wealthiest people in society. [1] This fuel…


Oil madness: Why we must avoid fuel duty cuts 

23 March 2022

“Addiction to fossil fuels is mutually assured destruction”: Transform’s communications officer Rachel McFarlane sets out why cutting fuel duty is not the answer to the Ukraine crisis.  The UN Secretary General Antonio Gutterres’ vital reminder this week that we must not revert back to large-scale fossil fuel consumption as a result of the Ukraine crisis,…


Monthly member profile: GoBike

23 March 2022

GoBike campaign for better infrastructure, policy, and political support for cycling to be a safe, efficient, clean and healthy mode of active travel for everyone. They believe that spaces should be designed so they are readily accessible for everyone whether walking, wheeling or cycling. Formed in Glasgow in the 1980s (previously known as the Glasgow Cycling…


Recent updates from Transform

23 March 2022

Transform Scotland’s policy officer, Marie Ferdelman, reports on a selection of our recent campaigning activities. ScotRail briefing session: What to expect from the upcoming change in arrangements On Thursday last week, we held our ScotRail briefing session. Scott Prentice, the Head of Development at ScotRail, spoke at the event; alongside our rail spokesperson Paul Tetlaw. …


Funding secured for Active Travel, now time to secure engagement from those with the powers to spend it

17 March 2022

Transform Scotland has today sent a parliamentary briefing to all Members of the Scottish Parliament ahead of this afternoon’s debate, ‘Delivering on Active Travel Commitments’, which is being led by Scottish Government Minister for Active Travel Patrick Harvie MSP. In our briefing paper, we welcome the commitment made by the Scottish Government to invest at…


Speaker confirmed for upcoming Cross-Party Group on Sustainable Transport meeting

11 March 2022

We are delighted to announce that Bruce Whyte, Public Health Programme Manager at the Glasgow Centre for Population Health, is the confirmed speaker at the next meeting of the Cross-Party Group on Sustainable Transport, which will be held on Tuesday 29 March from 18:00-19:00. Bruce will present on the equalities impacts of historic traffic growth…


‘End imports of Russian oil to stop financing Putin’s war’

03 March 2022

NGOs also demand the country of origin for oil be made clear at petrol stations The European Union should embargo all oil and gas imports from Russia in order to stop financing Putin’s war on Ukraine, say 25 European NGOs in a public appeal to leaders. The coalition is also demanding that the country of origin for…


The Scottish Association for Public Transport — February member profile

22 February 2022

SAPT member profile for Transform Scotland’s February newsletter The Scottish Association for Public Transport (originally the Scottish Railway Development Association) was founded 60 years ago to oppose Dr Beeching’s proposed rail closures. If these had been implemented, there would have been no railways north or west of Inverness, or in south west Scotland. Since then,…


Transform’s campaigning updates

22 February 2022

We’ve recently seen the release of a number of key transport policy documents, including STPR2, NPF4, the traffic reduction plan consultation and a consultation on a new Aviation Strategy. Our communications officer, Rachel McFarlane, considers each of these in our monthly campaigns update.   STPR2  Last month saw the release of the Strategic Transport Projects Review…


Scotland’s Railway in 2022

22 February 2022

The year ahead promises many changes and challenges for the railway in Scotland and Anglo-Scottish rail links. This commentary focuses on both the ScotRail network and the crucial Anglo-Scottish links.    Government Transport  Policies As ever the future success of the railway is dependent on a wider range of Government transport policies – both the…


Workplace Parking Levy: attempt to remove important powers from Local Authorities must be opposed

22 February 2022

Transform Scotland has briefed the members of the Scottish Parliament’s Net Zero, Energy and Transport Committee ahead of its evidence session with Scottish Government transport minister Jenny Gilruth MSP this morning. The Committee is hearing a motion to annul the Workplace Parking Licensing (Scotland) Regulations 2022. Transform Scotland opposes this proposal: Existing measures to reduce…


What to expect at next week’s Cross-Party Group on Sustainable Transport meeting

17 February 2022

The second Cross-Party Group on Sustainable Transport meeting of 2022 is taking place next week, on Thursday 24 February at 1-2pm.  The main theme for this session will be demand management. Here’s what you can expect from the meeting: 13:00 The CPG convenor Graham Simpson MSP will start proceedings and introduce the agenda. 13:10 Richard…