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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.


STPR2: Scottish transport spending priorities moving in the right direction

20 January 2022

Transform Scotland NEWS RELEASE For immediate use: Thursday 20 January 2022 Scottish transport spending priorities moving in the right direction: But focus should be on sorting out failing ferry services rather than fanciful road bridges Transform Scotland, the national sustainable transport alliance, [1] has today (Thursday 20th) responded to this afternoon’s Ministerial statement in the…


In search of a new Chair for our Board of Directors

18 January 2022

It was with a heavy heart that we said farewell to Julianne Robertson, our Chair, in December last year. Julianne’s knowledge of the bus industry and her communications expertise made her an asset to the Transform team, so she will be missed at our Board meetings this year. She wrote her outgoing piece for us…


Welcome to Ember, our new member

18 January 2022

In each newsletter we highlight the work of one of our members. This edition we are delighted to include a piece from one of our newest members at Transform, Ember. A few years ago Pierce and I were discussing net zero targets and we were focused on the general theme of how electric vehicles could…


Activities Update from Transform

18 January 2022

Transform Scotland’s Communications Officer, Rachel McFarlane, reports on a selection of our recent and upcoming activities. A successful Networking Session to start the year. On Tuesday last week, we held the first in our series of Networking Sessions for 2022. This was a great opportunity for our members and supporters to meet and make connections…


So what does 2022 have in store for sustainable transport?

18 January 2022

In his ‘Director’s Note’ for the January 2022 Transform newsletter, Transform director Colin Howden casts forward over the coming six months and more, and asks ‘what does 2022 have in store for sustainable transport?’.   Well, things are already coming at us thick and fast. Last Thursday saw the publication of the Scottish Government’s traffic…


Welcome for 20% traffic reduction route map

13 January 2022

Transform today welcomed today’s publication of the consultation on the Scottish Government’s 20% traffic reduction route map. Transform director Colin Howden said: “The evidence is clear: we’re not going to hit our climate targets without traffic reduction. So it’s great to see the Scottish Ministers promote road traffic reduction as a centrepiece of its climate…


NTS2 Delivery Plan falls short of ambition to protect rights of individuals & advance equality of opportunity

06 January 2022

Transform has published its response to Transport Scotland’s impact assessment of its National Transport Strategy Delivery Plan, noting that the timing of this to be “unusual and unfortunate”, and raising concern regarding the absence of a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) of the Plan. We welcome the human rights approach embodied in the document, and fully…


Reflections on 2021 by our Chair

29 December 2021

Transport is central to all of our lives.  We make choices daily about where to go, how to get there, or if we should even travel at all.  Perhaps there’s never been a time before when we’ve given it so much thought.  In the past 12 months there have been numerous occasions when we’ve been…


Edinburgh City Plan needs tougher parking policies and to challenge airport expansion

22 December 2021

We have today published our response to The City of Edinburgh Council’s ‘City Plan 2030’, the period for representations on which closed on Monday this week (20 December). Transform director Colin Howden said: “We welcome much of the content of the City Plan 2030, which represents clear progress on previous development plans. We are pleased…


Recent campaign activities at Transform

14 December 2021

Transform Scotland’s communications officer, Rachel McFarlane, reports on a selection of our recent campaign activities. #ThinkRailFirst We were delighted to be back in the Scottish Parliament at the beginning of December for our #ThinkRailFirst event with LNER. At this event, we discussed recent research published by transport experts Steer, which found – contrary to public…


Dear Santa, please read our Christmas wishlist!

14 December 2021

With the news that the Strategic Transport Projects Review (STPR2) is due to be published soon, Transform director Colin Howden felt that now was the time to make sure that Santa has our Christmas wishlist. Dear Santa We really hope that you and your elves are well, and that not all of the polar ice…


Transport Focus — Understanding people’s attitudes to sustainability in 2021.

14 December 2021

Our recent report The Journey Towards Sustainable Travel, was conducted with the overall aim of establishing a base of knowledge about people’s attitude to sustainability in 2021. There is a basic understanding of ‘sustainability’ but it is too vague to feel actionable. People don’t have a clear sense of what the core issue is, or…


Union Connectivity Review is not a plan for improving transport connectivity

01 December 2021

Our policy advisor Chris Day has prepared a commentary on the Union Connectivity Review final report. Chris writes: “The Union Connectivity Review is not a plan for improving transport connectivity. It is, essentially, a proposal to set up a framework for examining plans to improve connectivity. As it is just over a week since the…


New Parliamentary cross-party group established to study sustainable transport policy

25 November 2021

Today saw the first meeting of the proposed Scottish Parliament Cross-Party Group on Sustainable Transport. Following today’s meeting, a formal proposal will be made to the Scottish Parliament to establish the group. It was agreed that the purpose of the group is ‘To raise the profile of sustainable transport, with a particular focus on cross-modal…


Director’s Note – Reflections on COP26

23 November 2021

Transform Scotland’s director Colin Howden reflects on COP26 and Scotland more specifically, and the varying levels of commitment being shown across the country to reduce emissions. Views vary on the success or otherwise of COP26. Demonstrably it wasn’t the success claimed by some as we are still on course for at least 2.4 degrees of…


Transform’s Campaigns Update — November 2021

18 November 2021

Transform Scotland’s Communications Officer, Rachel McFarlane, reports on a selection of our recent campaign activities. The last month’s activities at Transform have been largely shaped by COP26. The team have been busy in Glasgow promoting our campaign work; as well as attending panel discussions, screenings, marches, and talks. After a hectic two weeks, now is…


Levenmouth Rail Campaign — November Member Profile

18 November 2021

Levenmouth Rail Campaign (LMRC) was launched by a local small regeneration charity, CLEAR Buckhaven in March 2014 (after an earlier, failed attempt in 2012) which considered this as the single most effective regeneration measure for this deprived and declining coastal mining community of over 30,000 on the mid-Fife Coast. Incidentally, by far the largest community…


National disgrace that Scottish Parliament debates new road-building days after COP26

17 November 2021

Transform Scotland has published the parliamentary briefing issued in advance of this afternoon’s Scottish Parliament debate on new road-building promoted by the Scottish Conservatives. Transform director Colin Howden said: “It’s only days since the end of a global climate summit where it was acknowledged that all countries — including Scotland — need to do more…


New research shows government action needed to shift Anglo-Scottish travel from air to rail

10 November 2021

Transform Scotland, the national sustainable transport alliance, [1] has today (Wednesday 10th) responded to the findings from transport experts Steer that taking the train is faster, cheaper, and more reliable than plane or car for Edinburgh-London journeys. [2] However, Steer’s research shows there is a clear mismatch between people’s perception of rail travel and the…


COP26: A trip on the Vivarail Class 230 Battery EMU train.

09 November 2021

On 1 November Paul Tetlaw, the Convenor of our Policy Forum and committee member of Capital Rail Action Group, attended one of the demonstration runs of the Vivarail Class 230 Battery EMU train from Glasgow Central to Barrhead and return, as part of COP26.           This is what Paul said about his trip: The…


#lovemybus campaign at COP26

29 October 2021

Ahead of COP26, #lovemybus are delighted to share a new Guest Blog from the Transport Minister, Graeme Day MSP and new climate resources – including evidence from Chris Cheek, blogs from our Champions looking ahead to COP26 and sharing their vision of bus. Please find this at www.lovemybus.scot/climate We are also launching our new pages…


Transform Scotland response to A701 Relief Road & A702 Link Road consultation

26 October 2021

By email to: consultation@A701ReliefRoad.com Dear Sir/Madam We object to all of the Routes Options proposed. These will all induce additional levels of traffic, which will negatively affect the operation of the Edinburgh City Bypass. Furthermore, that additional traffic will bring with it increased climate change emissions. It is disgraceful for Midlothian Council to be promoting…


From Plane to Train: Achieving Modal Shift in Anglo-Scottish Travel

26 October 2021

We’ve published a presentation prepared for the High Speed Rail Group event ‘From Plane to Train: Achieving Modal Shift in Anglo-Scottish Travel’ held in Edinburgh on Monday 25 October. Transform’s rail spokesperson Paul Tetlaw presented on a panel chaired by The Scotsman’s transport correspondent Alastair Dalton. Joining Paul on the panel was: Jim Steer, High…


October newsletter – Campaigns update

22 October 2021

Transform Scotland’s Communications Officer, Rachel McFarlane, reports on a selection of our recent campaign activities. Putting Down Routes: Building Scotland’s Active Freeway Network On October 7 we published a new report titled ‘Putting Down Routes’ accompanied by a video explainer.  The report builds upon the inclusion of Active Freeways within the Scottish Government and Scottish…


Travelknowhow Scotland — ‘How workplaces need to become an active part of the solution’

22 October 2021

The Climate Emergency: how workplaces need to become an active part of the solution. With COP26 in Glasgow just around the corner, there has never been a more crucial time for workplaces to take action on climate change. Scotland is committed to achieving net zero greenhouse gas emissions by 2045. Currently, domestic transport is responsible…