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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.


Caledonian MacBrayne — Environmental Heroes Programme

21 September 2021

In each newsletter we highlight the work of one of our members. This edition we hear from Caledonian MacBrayne. Caledonian MacBrayne is the UK’s largest ferry operator – delivering ferry services across 200 miles of Scotland’s west coast, from Lewis in the north to Arran in the south. In an average year we deliver 160,000…


September Campaigns Update

21 September 2021

Transform Scotland’s Communications Officer, Rachel McFarlane, reports on a selection of our recent campaigns activities. Roads to Ruin report published On August 10, we published a new report titled ‘Roads to Ruin’. This report found that despite promises to tackle the Climate Emergency, Scottish Ministers intended to nearly double their spending on new roads over…


Prospects for sustainable transport in 2021: we’ve got to win this time around

21 September 2021

Transform Scotland’s director Colin Howden discusses the prospects for sustainable transport in light of this summer’s collaboration agreement between the Scottish Government and the Scottish Greens, and the subsequent Programme for Government. It’s amazing what hosting an international climate summit can do for one’s array of transport commitments. Yes, for the first time since late…


Programme for Government commentary

07 September 2021

Transform’s response to the Scottish Government’s Programme for Government this year took the form of a tweeted commentary from our director Colin Howden. (In truth, there wasn’t much new in the PfG on transport this year, all of the new material having come from the Scottish Government/Scottish Green Party deal that had been published three…


Transform responds to Workplace Parking Levy consultation

06 September 2021

We have published our response to the Transport Scotland consultation on Workplace Parking Licensing regulations and guidance. Transform director Colin Howden said: “Our response is based on the principle of giving the proposers, that is Scottish local authorities, as much flexibility as possible. We found a tendency within the consultation for power in the process…


SNP-GREENS DEAL: Scaling-back of Scottish roads programme welcomed

20 August 2021

Transform Scotland NEWS RELEASE For immediate release: Friday 20 August 2021 SNP-GREENS DEAL: Scaling-back of Scottish roads programme welcomed Transform Scotland, the national sustainable transport alliance, [1] has today (Friday 20th) welcomed the “modest scaling back” of the Scottish roads programme, and the major spending commitment to active travel, announced as part of the SNP-Greens…


Roads to Ruin video

18 August 2021

We’ve today published our new ‘Roads to Ruin’ video, prepared for us by Bob Carr of Bob Carr Creative.


Roads to Ruin: New report finds climate-wrecking roads programme due to double in size

10 August 2021

Transform Scotland NEWS RELEASE Tuesday 10 August 2021 ROADS TO RUIN: New report finds climate-wrecking roads programme due to double in size despite Scottish Government’s Climate Emergency pledge Transform Scotland [1] has today (Tuesday 10 August) published a new report, ‘Roads to Ruin’. The report finds that despite promises that it will tackle the Climate…


Strategic review needed of Edinburgh-Newcastle local passenger services

05 August 2021

Transform Scotland has today published its response to the review of the East Coast Main Line rail timetable. Transform rail spokesperson Paul Tetlaw said: “We welcome LNER’s proposed improved journey times from Edinburgh to London. These align with our long-time calls for modal shift from air to rail on this key corridor connecting the two…


TRO Review “fails the test of transparency”

29 July 2021

We have responded to Transport Scotland’s ‘Traffic Regulation Order Review Consultation‘. In our response, we call for a more fundamental review of the TRO process, arguing that the current process is not understandable beyond a narrow field of specialists within Local Authorities. Transform director Colin Howden said: “In his Ministerial Foreword to the consultation, Graeme…


New action required to embed the benefits of distributed working

22 July 2021

We’ve today published an update on our ‘Connected Recovery’ report of June 2020, highlighting whether there has been progress in embedding the benefits of distributed working necessitated by the pandemic lockdowns. The June 2020 report had recommended that: The Scottish Government, Scottish Public Bodies & the Scottish Parliament demonstrate their own commitment to distributed working….


Scotland’s Railway – The Year Ahead

15 July 2021

Transform’s rail spokesperson Paul Tetlaw has prepared a new commentary on what developments we might see on Scotland’s railways over the coming year.   Government Transport Policies The future development of the railway in Scotland will be shaped by government policies not only for the railway itself but across all transport modes. If we are…


Why has Scottish public transport recovery lagged behind the rest of Great Britain?

08 July 2021

Transform Scotland has today published a new paper, ‘A Just Recovery for Transport?’, which reflects on pandemic trends in transport, and the differing impacts that this has had on private and public transport use. The paper follows an initial report, ‘Just Recovery’, which was published in June 2020. The paper makes four key findings: Finding…


‘Now is the time to invest for the long-term future of 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…


Open for Business — June 2021 newsletter article

18 June 2021

Transform Scotland’s Policy Officer, Marie Ferdelman, reports on our recent ‘Open for Business’ report launch. We’ve published a new report titled ‘Open for Business – Gaining business support for car-free city centres’.  The report reflects on the implementation of a car-free city centre in Oslo in recent years; how businesses were engaged in the process;…


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…