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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.


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…


Is there an election or something happening?: Director’s Notes for March 2021 newsletter

25 March 2021

In his ‘Director’s Notes’ for the March 2021 newsletter, Transform director Colin Howden attempts to keep up. Is there an election or something happening? Yes, the blizzard of announcements over the past few weeks signifies the rush to get things finished up prior to closure of the fifth Session of the Scottish Parliament (which ended…


Switch spending from building more roads to zero-carbon communities: welcome for Just Transition Commission report

23 March 2021

Transform Scotland has today welcomed the key message from the Just Transition Commission in their final report, published today, that: ‘We must move beyond GDP as the main measure of national progress. For a just transition to be at the heart of Scotland’s response to climate change, Scottish Government must champion frameworks that prioritise wellbeing.’…


Comment on ScotRail moving to state ownership

18 March 2021

Transform Scotland rail spokesperson Paul Tetlaw said: “We note the statement from the Cabinet Minister on the intention to transfer the ScotRail operation to public ownership. We fully support the intention to bring infrastructure and operation of the railway into closer alignment to aid future planning and investment in the network. “It is however essential…


Objection to Edinburgh Airport access road proposal

12 March 2021

As submitted today in response to the Edinburgh Airport’s proposed new access road: Planning application 21/00217/FUL – Formation of new access road and active travel route from east of terminal building to Gogar Roundabout Introduction This objection is on behalf of Transform Scotland, the national alliance for sustainable transport. We campaign for walking, cycling and public…


Moving the Vote: Carole Ford outlines the Liberal Democrats’ vision for sustainable transport 

12 March 2021

We held the second in our ‘Moving the Vote: Transport Conversations with the parties’ event series yesterday, Thursday 11 March. A recording of which can be found here. We were excited to welcome Carole Ford, the Lib Dem Spokesperson for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity. Alongside Alastair Dalton, Transport Correspondent for The Scotsman/Scotland on Sunday, as…


All five speakers confirmed for ‘Moving the Vote’ series

11 March 2021

Transform Scotland has today confirmed all final speakers for its ‘Moving the Vote: Transport Conversations with the parties’ series.  Transform spokesperson Marie Ferdelman commented:  “We are very pleased to be joined by spokespeople from each of the five main political parties running in the upcoming Holyrood elections for our ‘Moving the Votes’ series. These events…


Union Connectivity Review fails to take serious approach to Climate Emergency

10 March 2021

Transform Scotland has issued its initial views on the interim report of the Union Connectivity Review. Chris Day, who prepared Transform’s evidence paper to the Review, commented: “We have no argument with the interim report’s comments about rail. This includes faster, higher capacity passenger connections from HS2 to Scotland and North Wales, and consequently better…


Climate Plan scrutiny failure to tackle high-carbon bias in transport investment

09 March 2021

Transform Scotland has issued a parliamentary briefing ahead of this afternoon’s debate on scrutiny of the Climate Change Plan. Transform director Colin Howden said: “We welcome the joint parliamentary committees’ inquiry report on the Climate Change Plan, and its emphasis on the need for ‘urgent action’. In particular, we are pleased by the transport committee’s…


UK Budget a disaster for the Climate Crisis

03 March 2021

Commenting on today’s UK Budget, Transform director Colin Howden said: “Today’s Budget will go down as another disaster for the climate. The focus on one crisis is understandable, but not to take account of the greater crisis is unforgivable. Even the Chancellor’s hero Margaret Thatcher had a greater grasp of the need to tackle climate…


Action on bus priority needed to turn around bus patronage trends

24 February 2021

Commenting on today’s publication by the Scottish Government of its ‘Scottish Transport Statistics 2020‘ publication, Transform director Colin Howden said: “It’s hardly surprising that people will abandon buses if bus fares continue to increase and the buses themselves are given no priority over single-occupant cars. “The government has subsequently committed to free bus travel for…


New nationwide road pricing system must include zero emission vehicles

22 February 2021

Transform Scotland is publishing its response to the UK Parliament’s call for evidence on zero emission vehicles and road pricing. The call for evidence is set in the context of a commitment by the UK Government to phase out the sale of new petrol and diesel cars by 2030, which has been matched by the…


Moving the Vote: transport conversations with the parties

18 February 2021

The Scottish Parliamentary elections in May will prove crucial for the future of sustainable transport in Scotland. In advance of May’s Scottish Parliament elections, we are hosting a series of online events to provide our members, the wider transport sector, and members of the public with the opportunity to engage with representatives of the main…


Cycle Connections at Queen Margaret University

18 February 2021

Cycle Connections was set up by Queen Margaret Universities Sustainable Transport Team as a tool to increase active travel rates amongst staff and students as well as creating a scheme through which to hire bikes, run events, offer training and to source funding. Our key aim is to create an environment that places walking and…


Campaign Update: Unambiguous investment plans required, not nebulous promises

18 February 2021

Transform Scotland director Colin Howden reports on recent climate and capital expenditure plans revealed by the Scottish Government. The last couple of months has seen a deluge of new Scottish Government policy documents, in which various commitments to sustainable transport investment have been made. December saw the Climate Change Plan Update published. In transport terms,…


Moving the Vote: Graham Simpson outlines the Conservatives’ vision for sustainable transport

17 February 2021

We held the first in our ‘Moving the Vote, transport conversations with the parties’ event series on Monday 15 February. We were delighted to welcome Graham Simpson MSP, the Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity from the Scottish Conservatives, and Alastair Dalton, Transport Correspondent for The Scotsman/Scotland on Sunday, as chair. For details…


“Now is the time for bolder, more transformational action” — Welcome for Edinburgh city mobility plan

12 February 2021

Transform Scotland today warmly welcomed The City of Edinburgh Council’s ‘City Mobility Plan‘, which was published this morning. Transform’s director Colin Howden said: “It’s great to see the new emphasis on bold, transformational action from Edinburgh Council. This had been our main concern about the draft plans which were consulted upon last year. [1] “We’re…


Support for Scottish Ministers’ proposal for Direct Award of ScotRail contract

11 February 2021

Transform Scotland have today responded to Transport Scotland’s ‘Franchising Policy Statement Consultation’. In our response, we agree with the Scottish Ministers that it should pursue a Direct Award for ScotRail services. Transform’s rail spokesperson Paul Tetlaw said: “In the absence of a new long-term structure for the railway from the UK Government, it is clear…


Transport priorities must change to achieve a Green Recovery

09 February 2021

Ahead of this afternoon’s Scottish Parliament debate, we have published a parliamentary briefing welcoming the Scottish Parliament’s Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee’s inquiry report on Green Recovery. The Government’s Climate Change Plan update contains a number of welcome measures for transport (e.g. 20% traffic reduction target) but will require further strengthening (e.g. inclusion…


Infrastructure Investment Plan “disastrous” for climate change & sustainable transport

04 February 2021

When the Scottish Government published the draft Infrastructure Investment Plan in September last year we called the Government out on its ‘warm words’ about a green recovery and sustainable investment while continuing its disproportionately high investment in high-carbon infrastructure. In our response to the draft we urged the Government to realign its transport spending with…