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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 Scotland May Newsletter — Campaigns Update

07 May 2020

On 29 April, we published our response to Transport Scotland’s call for views on the Strategic Transport Projects Review ‘case for change’ report. Our full response is available here. The Government’s transport capital spending over the last decade has been grotesquely skewed in favour of new road-building, leading to transport now being the largest source of climate…


Transform Scotland May Newsletter — Members’ Profile

07 May 2020

CoMoUK is a charity that promotes the environmental, economic, health and social benefits of shared transport for the public good. We are partly funded by Transport Scotland to support the development of shared transport modes, with a focus on car clubs and bike share schemes. CoMoUK’s membership in Scotland includes all sizeable bike share schemes,…


RFG and Transform call for a National Low-Carbon Freight Network

05 May 2020

We have today, alongside Rail Freight Group (RFG), published our joint proposal for a ‘National Low-Carbon Freight Network’ in response to the Scottish Government’s consultation on the new National Planning Framework (NPF4). Joe O’Donnell, Rail Freight Group’s Head of Policy, said: “Granting our proposed National Low-Carbon Freight Network national development status is a real opportunity…


Huge opportunity for permanent shift to walking and cycling: Ramblers, Cycling UK & Transform proposals for NPF4

04 May 2020

We have today published a joint response to the National Planning Framework 4 (NPF4) Scottish Government consultation on National Walking and Cycling Infrastructure with Ramblers Scotland and Cycling UK. Helen Todd, Ramblers Scotland’s campaigns & policy manager, said: “Together we’re calling for a transformative investment in our national path network, to make walking and cycling…


Better Cities & Better Links needed for a greener Scotland

30 April 2020

We have today submitted our views to the Scottish Government in response to its consultation on the new National Planning Framework (NPF4). In this letter, we set out two principal focuses for the government to pursue: Better Cities & Better Links. Better Cities To address the low levels of walking and cycling and high levels…


STPR2 analytical framework outdated for era of the Climate Emergency

29 April 2020

Transform Scotland has published its response to the Transport Scotland call for views on ‘Strategic Transport Projects Review (STPR2) – National Case for Change Report’. Transform director Colin Howden said: “The report contains a useful analysis of key challenges that are faced by transport. It is also welcome also to see a formal rejection of…


Coronavirus impacts on transport & the priorities for recovery

27 April 2020

In advance of Tuesday afternoon’s Ministerial Statement on transport in the Scottish Parliament, Transform Scotland has published some early recommendations as to measures that the Scottish Government should be prioritising as it starts to assemble its recovery plans for transport. Transform Scotland director Colin Howden said: “The public has shown it is willing to make…


Greater urgency required in Edinburgh City Mobility Plan

23 April 2020

Transform Scotland has published its response to Edinburgh’s draft City Mobility Plan. Transform’s policy officer Marie Ferdelman, who wrote our response, said: “We strongly support the City of Edinburgh Council’s plans for transformative change in the city’s transport network over the next decade. However, we believe the plan requires more urgency, a stronger commitment to…


Support for Smart Growth UK report on safeguarding rail lines

15 April 2020

Transform Scotland are very happy to support the publication of Smart Growth UK’s new report ‘Defending our lines: safeguarding railways for reopening’. The convenor of our Policy Forum, Paul Tetlaw, has written a foreword for the report, in which he writes: “We very much welcome this report and the key messages which highlight the urgent…


Conservatives’ call to scrap Edinburgh tram scheme unashamed political exploitation of Corona crisis

12 April 2020

Transform trams spokesperson Nigel Bagshaw said: “Councillor Nick Cook’s latest ill-informed call to scrap Edinburgh’s Tram is not unexpected, but is disappointing. “Of course the Coronavirus pandemic will have far-reaching consequences, but the Tram project will not be impacted in any singular or unique manner. “The business case for it is based on the generation…


Berryden roads scheme shows Aberdeen as Scotland’s pariah city for sustainable transport

09 April 2020

Transform Scotland has submitted its objection to Aberdeen City Council’s £26 million ‘Berryden corridor improvement’ road scheme. Our full objection is below, but can be summarised as: Urban road-building is inconsistent with national transport policy, and is grossly out of touch with climate change priorities. The scheme will not resolve congestion, merely move it to…


Public transport operators urge avoiding unnecessary travel during Coronavirus outbreak

07 April 2020

The current Government guidelines on protecting yourself and others during the Coronovirus pandemic advise that we do not travel ‘unless for food, health and essential work.’ Public transport operators have kept key services running for those whose travel is essential. With that in mind, below is some of the advice from our public transport operator members…


Working From Home: increasing productivity while reducing travel

31 March 2020

The Coronavirus pandemic has forced many of us to work from home and avoid all but essential travel. While working from home has become essential for many, if done effectively, it could lead to significant emission reductions from the transport sector in the longer-term future. As in waste, we are encouraged to reduce, reuse, recycle…


Walking and cycling key to staying healthy during Coronavirus outbreak

26 March 2020

The current Government guidelines on protecting yourself and others during the Coronavirus outbreak advises that we can go outside for exercise once a day while remaining 2 metres (6 feet) away from other people. This leaves walking and cycling as the best methods for keeping healthy through daily exercise for many of us. Below is…


Motherwell Station redevelopment plans welcomed

18 March 2020

We’re pleased to see the announcement of the plans for the redevelopment of Motherwell Station. Transform Scotland rail spokesperson Paul Tetlaw said: “The £14.5m investment in Motherwell Station is very welcome as is the plan for more Anglo-Scottish trains to call there. “There is significant potential for rail to capture more of the Anglo-Scottish traffic…


Parliament seeking views on Climate Change Plan

10 March 2020

The Environment, Climate Change & Land Reform Committee (ECCLR) is scrutinising the Scottish Government’s Climate Change Plan. As part of this, the ECCLR Committee is seeking views on what people would be willing to do to reduce their own emissions and what the Scottish Government should be doing to support these changes. To submit your…


Walking given much needed attention at the Parliament

03 March 2020

This evening will see the Cross-Party Group (CPG) on Cycling, Walking and Buses at the Scottish Parliament. Transform provides the secretariat to the CPG. The focus of the meeting will be walking. Walking is still the second most common mode of transport in Scotland yet remains a marginal consideration within the transport debate. For public…


Scottish Renewables Transport Conference

19 February 2020

Jess Pepper, External Affairs Manager at Transform today presented to the Scottish Renewables Transport Conference on the role of the transport sector in achieving Net Zero. Jess began by looking at the lack of progress on transport compared to other sectors in decarbonising and what modes of transport contribute most to emissions (See figure).  …


University of Strathclyde joins Transform Scotland

17 February 2020

We are so pleased to welcome the University of Strathclyde into the membership of Transform Scotland. By joining us, the University demonstrates its commitment to pioneering the very best in active and sustainable travel for its staff and students. They will be particularly important partners in helping Glasgow to meet its aim of becoming carbon…


Scottish Budget: “This is in no way a Climate Emergency response”

06 February 2020

Responding to the publication of the draft Scottish Budget for 2020-21, Colin Howden, director of Transform Scotland, said: “Existing Scottish Government capital expenditure plans systematically favour high-carbon over low-carbon infrastructure. [1] “Transport is the largest sector for climate emissions. Today’s announcement of an extra £500m on low-carbon spend will barely turn the dial. This is…


New transport strategy fails to set out concrete programme of action to tackle the Climate Emergency

05 February 2020

NEW TRANSPORT STRATEGY FAILS TO SET OUT CONCRETE PROGRAMME OF ACTION TO TACKLE THE CLIMATE EMERGENCY: “Simple hypocrisy” to talk of global climate emergencies whilst prioritising new high-carbon infrastructure spend   Transform Scotland has today (Wednesday 5 February) responded to the publication of the Scottish Government’s new National Transport Strategy. [1] [2] Colin Howden, Director…


Will Scottish Government’s new National Transport Strategy deliver anything at all?

05 February 2020

Transform Scotland is looking forward to today’s publication of the new National Transport Strategy. In advance of its launch, we have published some of the priorities that must feature if the Strategy is to be considered as a credible response to the Climate Emergency. It would be fair to say that we have serious doubts,…


Scotland’s Bus industry gathers to set out Vision for 2030

04 February 2020

Transform Scotland MEDIA RELEASE Scotland’s Bus industry gathers to set out Vision for 2030 Bus companies across Scotland are getting together to set out a Vision for 2030 for Bus highlighting the importance of buses in tackling the climate emergency. Bus is often overlooked as part of the solution to tackling the Climate Emergency. Yet…


Sheriffhall scheme at odds with Ministers’ Climate Emergency commitments

31 January 2020

We have today submitted our objection to Transport Scotland’s proposal for a £120 million roundabout on the Edinburgh city bypass. Transform have objected to the proposals on the grounds that it will fail to reduce congestion, that the high cost could be better spent in sustainable transport investment, and that the scheme is incompatible with…


Scottish rail electrification outperforming South of the Border

30 January 2020

Tangent Magazine released the article, “Leaping Over Obstacles at Rail: North of the Border” from their discussions at the annual Rail: North of the Border dinner in Glasgow in September 2019. Rail in Scotland has made fantastic progress on electrification in recent years, outperforming that seen South of the Border. Paul Tetlaw, Transform Scotland Rail…