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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.


Transform Consulting ‘Access to Bikes’ research for Cycling Scotland published

29 July 2020

Cycling Scotland have published the ‘Access to Bikes Schemes in Scotland’ research that was prepared by our social enterprise consultancy, Transform Consulting. As reported in Cycling Scotland’s news release, the report finds: At least 200 organisations run access to bike schemes in Scotland including pool bike fleets, bike loans for events, public bike hire, cycle…


Rail electrification vision welcomed, but action needed by 2030 not 2035

28 July 2020

Transform Scotland has welcomed the publication of the Rail Services Decarbonisation Action Plan, but expressed the need for greater urgency, with much of the action on electrification and decarbonisation required by 2030 rather than 2035. Transform Scotland rail spokesperson Paul Tetlaw said “We welcome publication of the Action Plan and the clear commitment that Scotland’s…


Job cuts at ADL would be a major setback for a Green Recovery in Scotland

27 July 2020

Commenting on today’s announcement by Alexander Dennis Limited (ADL) of a major restructuring that could lead to job cuts, Transform Scotland director Colin Howden commented: “Job cuts at ADL’s Falkirk plant would represent a major setback for the prospects for a Green Recovery in Scotland. “ADL is one of the few outstanding examples where Scotland…


Welcome for recommendation for independent advisory body to government on infrastructure investment

27 July 2020

Transform Scotland’s director Colin Howden has made some initial observations regarding today’s publication of the Infrastructure Commission for Scotland’s report ‘Phase 2: Delivery Findings Report — A blueprint for Scotland’: “We welcome this new report from the Infrastructure Commission. As noted in today’s report, there certainly needs to be progress made in implementing many of…


Clear and consistent advice required for rebuilding public transport patronage

14 July 2020

Large parts of society are reopening — including the tourism, hospitality, and leisure sectors — as lockdown is gradually lifted in Scotland. This will drive the increased use of public transport, as has been accepted this week by Scottish transport minister Michael Matheson.  Yet as reported by Transport Focus in their UK-wide review, there needs…


Ramblers & Transform team up on Just Transition to make case for active travel

03 July 2020

Transform has published the response it has submitted to the Just Transition Commission jointly with Ramblers Scotland. Our joint submission submission calls for: (1) Rapid expansion of active travel infrastructure (2) Rapid development of paths for leisure and recreation (3) Investment in transition skills training and capacity building for transport planners and construction staff (4)…


Sustainable travel and homeworking key to a fair, low-carbon Corona Recovery

29 June 2020

We have today submitted our evidence to the Economy, Energy and Fair Work Committee’s inquiry into the impact of COVID-19 on businesses, workers and the economy in Scotland. The economic damage of the Corona Crisis has increased calls for public spending on large infrastructure projects in order to provide an economic stimulus. Given the ongoing…


Celebration of urban motorways shows Transport Scotland stuck in the 1960s

26 June 2020

Commenting on today’s 50th anniversary of the opening of the Kingston Bridge, Transform director Colin Howden said: “Celebrating the bulldozing of elevated motorways through the centre of cities demonstrates the horrible complacency that runs right through Transport Scotland. “Siberia north of the Arctic Circle is on fire, burning from heatwaves caused by climate change. Transport…


New report: ‘Transport recovery: Rebuilding public transport patronage’

25 June 2020

TRANSPORT RECOVERY: New Transform report sets out transport investment priorities post-lockdown Transform Scotland [1] has today (Thursday 25 June) published its new report, ‘Transport Recovery’, which sets out transport investment priorities to rebuild public transport patronage post-lockdown. [2] This is the fourth and final of a series of reports that Transform has published in recent…


June Newsletter — Risky Business

23 June 2020

We are today sharing our June Newsletter. You can read the newsletter in full here. It covers: The risks of increased car use during the recovery from the Coronavirus pandemic. A summary of Transform’s four ‘National Development’ proposals published in response to the NPF4 consultation. A summary of the reports published as part of our…


New report: ‘Connected Recovery: Enabling the digital commute’

18 June 2020

CONNECTED RECOVERY: New Transform report sets out priorities for the ‘digital commute’ post-lockdown Transform Scotland [1] has today (Thursday 18 June) published a new report, ‘Connected Recovery’, which sets out recommendations for making ‘the digital commute’ the norm post-lockdown. [3] The report calls on the Scottish & UK Government, the Scottish Parliament, organisations across all…


June Newsletter — Corona Recovery

16 June 2020

The Corona Crisis is severely impacting Scottish society and, as we are beginning to see, it will have long-lasting effects. We have been discussing with our members what that future might look like for transport and how we can ensure that the Corona Recovery leads us to a fairer, greener and more robust transport system….


June Newsletter — Member Profile — Community Rail Network

16 June 2020

Community Rail Network supports and champions community-based groups that promote sustainable travel by rail and build positive links between local people and their railways. Across Britain, we now have: 71 community rail partnerships, working along a line or across a locality to promote awareness, use and involvement in rail, and feed in local insights to…


June Newsletter — Campaigns Update — NPF4

16 June 2020

In May, Transform Scotland published four ‘National Development’ proposals and a covering letter in response to the Scottish Government’s consultation on the new National Planning Framework (NPF4). Since then, publication of NPF4 has been delayed from this September until autumn 2021. Given the previous link in the timelines of NPF4 and the Strategic Transport Projects…


June Newsletter — Director’s Note

16 June 2020

Risky Business Risk was the theme of our evidence to the Parliament’s transport committee. Setting out the “broader risk context”, Paul Tetlaw outlined the risks of a Corona Recovery that sees a “great expansion of car use” at the expense of public transport: air pollution, climate emissions, obesity, car-clogged cities, and the undermining of decades…


New report: ‘Active Recovery: Locking-in the active travel benefits’

11 June 2020

4 IN 5 CITY RESIDENTS WANT CARS TO GIVE WAY TO BIKES, BUSES AND WALKING TO TACKLE URBAN AIR POLLUTION: New Transform report sets out how to lock-in the active travel benefits of the lockdown Transform Scotland [1] has today (Thursday 11 June) published YouGov poll findings [2] and a new report. [3] The YouGov…


New report: ‘Just Recovery: reversing the lockdown inequalities’

04 June 2020

NEWS RELEASE Thursday 4 June 2020 New report sets out recommendations for ensuring transport recovery doesn’t embed transport inequalities Transform Scotland [1] has today (Thursday 4 June) published a new report, ‘Just Recovery’. The report sets out a series of recommendations for the Scottish Government in designing its transport response to coronavirus so that the…


What are the prospects for sustainable transport in Aberdeen?

02 June 2020

Transform director Colin Howden was happy to join Aberdeen Climate Action’s ‘Climate Cafe’ on Tuesday 2 June to make a presentation on ‘The Future of Public Transport in Scotland’. The presentation is now available. As part of the presentation, figures were presented on European-wide investment in light rail systems, as a proxy for major investment…


Views presented on Economic Recovery priorities

01 June 2020

Transform has published its comments made in response to the Scottish Government’s call for views on its Advisory Group for Economic Recovery. Transform director Colin Howden said: “In our response, we’ve focussed on two key areas: the need for the focus on a ‘Green Recovery’, and the environmental tax reform that will be needed in…


Transport Transition Plan full of good intentions, but nothing concrete on fairness

26 May 2020

Responding to this afternoon’s publication of the Transport Transition Plan, Transform director Colin Howden said: “The Plan is full of good intentions on both fairness and a ‘green recovery’ but, as yet, says nothing concrete on either. “Transport inequalities may have been unavoidable during the initial phase of lockdown, but it’s critical that decisive action…


May Newsletter — Fighting for a Green and Just Recovery

25 May 2020

We are today sharing our May Newsletter. You can read the newsletter in full here. It covers: Our call for a green and just recovery to the Coronavirus pandemic. A series of consultations relating to sustainable transport we would encourage those interested to consider responding to. A summary of our response to Transport Scotland’s call…


Light rail networks key to tackling congestion in Scotland’s major cities

21 May 2020

We have today published our proposal for ‘Light Rail Networks in Scotland’s Major Cities‘ in response to the Scottish Government’s consultation on the new National Planning Framework (NPF4). Congestion poses a serious threat to the future of Scotland’s cities and their prospects for growth, and a modern public transport system is an important factor in…


Parliament’s transport committee takes evidence from Government on coronavirus response

13 May 2020

The Scottish Parliament’s Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee is this morning taking evidence from the Scottish Government’s Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity, Michael Matheson MSP, on the Government’s response to COVID-19. In advance of the session, we submitted the following comments to the committee regarding the Scottish Government’s approach to planning the response…


Rail investment needed to again provide competitive journey times

07 May 2020

We have today published our proposal for a systemic enhancement to the inter-city rail infrastructure north of the Central Belt so that rail can again provide competitive journey times between Scotland’s cities. This call is made as part of Transform’s response to the Scottish Government consultation on the National Planning Framework 4 (NPF4). Transform Scotland…


Transform Scotland May Newsletter — Director’s Note

07 May 2020

  We’ve been hard at work (from home, of course) communicating the changes needed post-lockdown. While there are definitely prospects for a more sustainable future, many of our members are understandably concerned about the financial sustainability of public transport services, and to conditions for walkers and cyclists should the lifting of the lockdown lead to…