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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.

Just bits of old road, plus asphalt and guardrails

11 February 2015

Transform members Go Bike! report that Glasgow City Council have now approved their 20mph petition and that is now available for signature. They managed to get the issue covered on BBC Radio Scotland’s ‘Call Kaye’ show this morning. City of Edinburgh Council have announced that Scottish Water will be putting more resources into road maintenance…

In the news today: Go Bike!, Leith Walk and the A96

10 February 2015

Lots of transport stuff in the news today. Transform Scotland members GoBike! report that they’ve had a petition on 20mph blocked by Glasgow City Council. They’ve got an excellent piece in The Herald today about this. Go Bike! say they are taking inspiration for their actions at least in part by the plans set out…

Transform Scotland new website launched

05 February 2015

Transform Scotland is pleased to announce the launch of their new website. It allows everyone interested in greener travel to find up-to-date information on what’s happening in Scotland, what they can do to help, and get easy access to all of Transform Scotland’s research and publications. The website was built and designed by Pete Urwin…

Scottish Budget needs to improve health and climate

04 February 2015

Transform Scotland has called for the Scottish Budget to make greater provision for active travel and cutting climate emissions from transport. The demand comes as the Scottish Parliament holds its final debate on the draft Scottish Budget for 2015-16. Transform Scotland has circulated a parliamentary briefing to all Members of the Scottish Parliament, highlighting the…

Anderston – Kelvingrove active travel study

28 January 2015

John Webster reports from the 27/01/15 launch of the Anderston – Kelvingrove Study, as organised by the Glasgow Centre for Population Health (GCPH) This meeting was held at The Lighthouse in Glasgow on 27 January 2015 and presented the results of a study of the views of users of this cycle/walking friendly route opened in…

Low Emissions Strategy Consultation: Transform Scotland news release

16 January 2015

Heaping responsibility on Local Authorities will ensure failure: Need for Scottish Ministers to take action themselves Transform Scotland [1] have today (Fri 16 Jan) responded to the launch of the Scottish Government’s consultation on its ‘Low Emissions Strategy’. [2] Transform Scotland director Colin Howden said: “The promotion of Low Emission Zones is of course the…

Active travel investment needed for transformational change

06 January 2015

Transform Scotland have issued a parliamentary briefing circulated ahead of the 7 January 2015 Scottish Government debate in the Scottish Parliament on Active Travel. The briefing concludes: “It is clear that there is ample resources within the Scottish Government’s own budgets to transform conditions for walkers and cyclists in Scotland. So the lack of adequate…

Views on Queen Street Station Redevelopment

23 December 2014

Transform Scotland has submitted its views to Network Rail Scotland on the plans for the redevelopment of Glasgow’s Queen Street Station.

Tom Hart’s news notes, Sep-Nov 2014

16 December 2014

TRANSPORT in the WIDER CONTEXT Apart from being part of a general plea that higher infrastructure spend and improved connectivity may benefit the economy, transport had a low profile in the recent, and continuing, political and constitutional debate  on Scotland, the UK and the EU.  Devolution within England and within Scotland has emerged as a…

Rail should capture more of East Coast traffic

10 December 2014

Commenting on today’s award of the East Coast Main Line franchise to Virgin and Stagecoach (to operate as Virgin Trains East Coast), Transform Scotland rail campaigner Paul Tetlaw said: “Transform Scotland believes that rail could and should capture much more of the travel market from Central Scotland to London. In the past we have worked…

New East Lothian rail stations a forecast success

10 December 2014

Transform Scotland have published a Parliamentary briefing issued to all MSPs in advance of 27/11/14 Scottish Parliament debate on reopening of East Linton and Reston railway stations. The briefing (see right) reports on how recently reopening railway lines and stations in Scotland have often had vastly under-estimated forecasts of likely rail patronage. External links: Details…

Paul Tetlaw on New ScotRail Franchise

08 October 2014

Transform Scotland rail campaigner comments on today’s announcement of the new ScotRail franchise to Abellio: Today we heard the formal announcement of the award of the new Scotrail franchise to Abellio. We were delighted to see Transport Scotland headline their news release as this being a ‘new deal to transform rail services’. We are also…

Welcome for New Franchise to Transform Rail Services

08 October 2014

Need now for Scottish Government to come forward with infrastructure enhancements for inter-city routes Transform Scotland [1] today (Weds 8-Oct) welcomed the award of the new franchise to Abellio. Transform Scotland spokesperson, Paul Tetlaw, said: “We welcome the new deal to transform rail services in Scotland, and the award of the new franchise to Abellio….

Interchange Project Launched

08 October 2014

At the start of September, Transform Scotland launched the ‘Interchange’ project which audited the ease of combining cycling with public transport networks across Scotland. We analysed 19 bus stations, rail stations and ferry terminals in ten towns and cities across Scotland, from Aberdeen to Mallaig, and from Inverness to Glasgow. This project concluded that while…