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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.

#lovemybus parliamentary reception

27 January 2020

The #lovemybus campaign has held a well-received reception in the Scottish Parliament. The event, hosted by Kilmarnock and Loudoun MSP Willie Coffey, welcomed senior figures in the bus industry, representatives from across the sustainable transport sector, and a cross-party selection of MSPs, for an update on the progress of the #lovemybus campaign. Willie Coffey welcomed guests,…

Strong focus on demand management in Infrastructure Commission report praised

20 January 2020

Transform Scotland welcomes the ‘Key findings report’ published today by the Infrastructure Commission for Scotland. Amongst other things, the report calls for the prioritisation of “all new infrastructure investment decisions based on their contribution to the delivery of an inclusive net zero carbon economy”. (report p8) Transform director Colin Howden said: “The Commission establishes a…

A decade of delays to improved cross-Forth public transport

08 January 2020

Transform Scotland has made its views known to the Scottish Parliament’s transport committee ahead of its scrutiny this morning (Wednesday 8 January) of the Queensferry Crossing Public Transport Strategy. The committee was taking evidence from Transport Scotland and other witnesses. Commenting on the evidence session, Transform spokesperson Chris Day said: “At the committee meeting this…

New Year’s Message: Addressing the climate emergency needs a transport revolution

03 January 2020

Opportunity for change: business as usual, fuelled differently or a just, inclusive vision? The UK Climate Change Committee report published on 17 December shows that serious action is needed on transport, with emissions from transport at the highest level since the Climate Change (Scotland) Act was passed in 2009. This trend should have been going…

Fourth year in a row road traffic emissions rise

17 December 2019

The Committee on Climate Change has today published the Reducing emissions in Scotland – 2019 Progress Report to Parliament. The report concludes that unless emission reductions are delivered ‘economy-wide’ then Scotland is at serious risk of missing more targets. While introducing the 2045 net-zero target is welcome, the Scottish Government must now take action that…

Britain’s biggest bus manufacturer joins Scotland’s campaign for sustainable transport

09 December 2019

We are proud to announce that Alexander Dennis Limited, Britain’s biggest bus manufacturer, has decided to join Transform Scotland. Falkirk-based Alexander Dennis Limited is one of Scotland’s major manufacturing businesses. They are an industry-leader in the design of low and zero-emission buses and coaches, and involved in the development of Europe’s first full-sized autonomous (driverless)…

Scottish Public Bodies can and must change their ways on climate

04 December 2019

Transform Scotland have responded to the Scottish Government’s consultation on the role of the Scottish public sector in tackling climate change. Transform’s director Colin Howden said: “The Scottish Public Bodies have a vast workforce and have a huge influence on society, lifestyles and transport impacts — so they absolutely can make a big difference. All…

New report calls for tourist tax to fund public transport & better streets

02 December 2019

Transform Scotland NEWS RELEASE Embargoed until 00:01 on Monday 2 December 2019 NEW REPORT CALLS FOR TOURIST TAX TO FUND PUBLIC TRANSPORT & BETTER STREETS: ‘Tourist Duty’ survey results find strong support for investing in city infrastructure A tourism tax in Edinburgh has won strong backing from residents, despite opposition from some businesses, a survey…

Sunday parking restriction should go ahead as planned

26 November 2019

We have today published our response to suggested changes to the City of Edinburgh Council’s Parking Action Plan Traffic Regulation Order 19/29 in relation to item 1 – Sunday parking. We fully support the proposal to extend the operating hours of parking controls in the city centre so that parking restrictions and parking places operate…

Extending bus lane hours better for bus users, cyclists, and pedestrians

21 November 2019

We have today published our response to The City of Edinburgh Council’s consultation on bus lane operational hours. We fully support the proposal that peak hour bus lanes are changed to operate between the hours of 7am and 7pm, seven days a week. Bus lanes improve bus passenger journey times, increase bus service reliability, encourage…

The greenest option for Anglo-Scottish travel — Rail produces a fifth of the climate emissions that comes from air travel

11 November 2019

Virgin Trains have today published figures that show a record number of people have opted to travel on Virgin trains’ Anglo-Scottish rail services instead of flying. In the 12 months to July 2019, 29% of people chose to travel with Virgin Trains rather than flying between Glasgow and London. This is nearly 2% more than…

New transport strategy continues 20 years of prevarication on demand management from Scottish governments

29 October 2019

We have published our response to the Scottish Government’s National Transport Strategy consultation (which closed for comments on 23 October). While we welcome the Government’s recognition that demand management must play a central role in the Scottish Government’s transport policy, we are critical of the continued prevarication from Scottish Ministers in taking concrete action on…

Car-free cities — Lessons from Vienna for Scotland’s cities

21 October 2019

Transform Scotland welcomed Maria Vassilakou, to Glasgow City Chambers on Thursday 10 October to deliver a talk on: ‘Car-Free Cities’. Maria’s talk reflected on her experiences as deputy mayor of the city of Vienna from 2010-2019 and how she contributed to the continued development of Vienna as the world’s most livable city.

Transform Scotland Annual Report 2019

15 October 2019

We are delighted to publish our 2019 Annual Report. It has been a busy year for Transform Scotland and for transport in Scotland. Our Annual Report highlights some of the successes of Transform Scotland in influencing, leadership, partnership working, and enterprise across the last year. Transform’s chair, Phil Matthews said: “This year’s school strikes for…

Glasgow City Council welcomed as newest members of Transform Scotland

10 October 2019

 We’re delighted to announce that Glasgow City Council have become the newest member of Transform Scotland. Glasgow aims to become the UK’s first net-zero city for greenhouse emissions, including plans for electric buses and high-quality, segregated cycle routes, and we’ll be supporting them every step of the way. Councillor Anna Richardson, the City Convener for…

Pavement parking — close the loopholes in the Transport Bill

02 October 2019

Transform Scotland is happy to lend its support to the Living Streets campaign calling on the Scottish Government to close the loopholes in the Transport Bill on pavement parking. We made the following argument to the Parliament in our written evidence to the Scottish Parliament in September 2018: “The Bill, which apparently assumes that allowing…

Improvement to street environment can help protect older people from falls and fractures

30 September 2019

Transform Scotland today responded to the Scottish Government’s consultation on ‘Falls and Fracture Prevention Strategy for Scotland, 2019-2024’. Transform director Colin Howden said: “The terrible state of disrepair in which much of Scotland’s streets are kept is known to be a factor which prevents many older people from even leaving their front doors for fear…

True leadership shown by today’s climate strikers

20 September 2019

Friday 20 September marks a year since the beginning of the School Strikes for Climate. The strike this Friday will be the biggest ever with people across Scotland and the rest of the world choosing to strike from school and work to call on decision-makers to address the climate emergency with genuinely transformational changes. Transform…

New transport stats: Paying the price for a decade of spending on trunk roads

10 September 2019

Today’s new statistics come as no surprise. We’re paying the price for a decade where the bulk of new capital spending has gone into new trunk roads rather than investing in local transport such as walking, cycling and buses.

Road maintenance evidence submitted to Scottish Parliament’s transport committee

06 September 2019

Transform has submitted its evidence on road maintenance to the Scottish Parliament’s Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee. Transform director Colin Howden said: “Scotland is estimated to have a road maintenance backlog of over £2 billion. Fixing this should be the first focus for national and local roads policy — not adding additional road capacity. Fixing…

Programme for Government: Great commitments on bus and rail, but Scotland still locked into high-carbon roads programme

03 September 2019

Transform Scotland spokesperson Jess Pepper said: “It is fantastic to hear the First Minister acknowledging the important contribution of buses, to reducing emissions, improving health and travel choices for all. Bus users should be prioritised to avoid congestion. Buses are often overlooked but are key to many people’s everyday lives across Scotland, and we are…

Climate Emergency: Parliamentary briefing ahead of Programme for Government

03 September 2019

Ahead of this afternoon’s Scottish Government Programme for Government announcement, we’ve published the briefing we circulated to the Members of the Scottish Parliament ahead of today’s statement. Colin Howden, director of Transform Scotland, said: “We’re looking forward to hearing more on Scottish Government’s response to the Climate Emergency and the commitment to the transformational change…

Action needed now to deliver zero-emission Scottish railway by 2030: Climate Emergency response ‘Vision 2030: Clean Rail’

02 September 2019

TRANSFORM SCOTLAND NEWS RELEASE Monday 2 September 2019 ACTION NEEDED NOW TO DELIVER ZERO-EMISSION SCOTTISH RAILWAY BY 2030: Transform sets out Climate Emergency response ‘Vision 2030: Clean Rail’ Transform Scotland, the voice of sustainable transport, has today (Monday 2nd) published a new ‘vision paper’ setting out its Climate Emergency response for Scotland’s railways. [1] [2]…

Transform Scotland meets CRRC International Talent Development Programme

15 August 2019

In June Transform Scotland was approached on behalf of the International Business School in Suzhou, China. They were doing a tour of railways in the UK for student professionals on a leadership course, all of whom work for CRRC, the world’s largest railway manufacturer. They had seen our website and asked if could we do…

Levenmouth reopening: lessons to be learned from Borders Railway failings

08 August 2019

Commenting on the Scottish Government decision to reopen the Levenmouth rail line, Transform rail spokesperson Paul Tetlaw said: “The reopening of the railway line to Levenmouth is a great testament to those who have campaigned tirelessly over many years. They deserve hearty congratulations. We have been delighted to help our members, the Levenmouth Rail Campaign,…