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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.

National Transport Strategy: 36 months in, and no new action to tackle Climate Emergency

31 July 2019

Transform Scotland today gave its initial response to the publication of the Scottish Government’s three-month consultation on its draft National Transport Strategy. Transform Scotland director Colin Howden said: “Today we face a Climate Emergency. Scotland’s children are striking for their future. The best scientific evidence is that we have 18 months to put in place…

Azuma will drive switch from air to rail for Anglo-Scottish travel

31 July 2019

We’re pleased to welcome the introduction of passenger services to Scotland, as from Thursday 1 August, on LNER’s new Azuma trains. Transform Scotland rail spokesperson Paul Tetlaw said: “We’re delighted to see the new Azumas on the East Coast Main Line. They follow in a fine tradition of trains for this premier route between Scotland…

Class 385s anniversary: Railway can play a much bigger role in transport between Scotland’s cities

24 July 2019

Commenting on the first anniversary of the introduction of the new Hitachi Class 385 trains to the ScotRail fleet, Transform Scotland rail campaigner Paul Tetlaw commented: “The 385 trains have proved to be a great addition to the Scotrail network offering more capacity, improved journey times and all the wider benefits of electrification. Indeed the…

Edinburgh City Centre Transformation — very welcome, but overdue and unfunded

07 July 2019

Transform Scotland have today responded to City of Edinburgh Council’s City Centre Transformation consultation. Transform director Colin Howden said: “Look up, and Edinburgh is a beautiful place. But look down, and it’s clear that the city centre is woefully mismanaged. Despite the small, compact, walkable city centre, large swathes of the centre are given over…

#lovemybus at Clean Air Day

27 June 2019

The #lovemybus team were delighted to attend the Glasgow City Council Clean Air Day event on Thursday 20 June. A brilliant day brought with it inspirational stories of changes we can all make for cleaner air. #lovemybus was there to share the message that choosing a bus instead of a car, is better for your…

Commuters: Choose Bus for Health and Clean Air

20 June 2019

NEWS RELEASE Commuters: Choose Bus for Health and Clean Air Stagecoach West Scotland and Transform Scotland are today (Thursday 20th) teaming up to promote their new campaign, #lovemybus, at #CleanAirDay in Glasgow (George Square from 10am-2pm).  The #lovemybus campaign is making the links between choosing bus and better health. The campaign is encouraging commuters from…

Workplace Parking Levy voted into Transport Bill by Parliament’s transport committee

19 June 2019

The Scottish Parliament’s Rural Economy and Connectivity (REC) Committee has this morning voted for an amendment to the Transport (Scotland) Bill to provide Local Authorities with discretionary powers to implement Workplace Parking Levies. Colin Howden, director of Transform Scotland, said: “Well done to the Greens’ John Finnie MSP and the SNP members of the Parliament’s…

Scottish Government choose speed over safety

13 June 2019

The 20mph Safer Streets Bill was today voted down by the SNP, Conservatives and Liberal Democrats in the Scottish Parliament. Despite a clear correlation between lower speeds and safer streets the Scottish Government choose to prioritise motorists over pedestrian safety. The actions of the Government today are also entirely at odds with their own transport…

Transport emissions on the rise

11 June 2019

The Scottish Government has today announced that the adjusted emissions for 2017 show that Scotland has disappointingly missed it’s emission reduction targets. A further 2.2% rise in Transport emissions, primarily from car use and aviation were key to the rise in total emissions. The report shows that in 2017 road transport alone was the largest…

Cross-Party Group on Cycling, Walking & Buses — June 2019 meeting

07 June 2019

The finalised agenda is now available for Tuesday’s meeting of the Scottish Parliament Cross-Party Group on Cycling, Walking & Buses. We’re very happy to have the following speakers: Victoria Barby (Environment Performance Officer, Scottish Parliament) on ‘Review of Sustainable Transport at the Scottish Parliament’. Joanne Boyle & Karen Furey (Transport Scotland) on ‘Next steps following…

Opportunities for global leadership during a Just Transition

04 June 2019

Transform Scotland has today given evidence to the Just Transition Commission. In our evidence, we make clear that the Transport sector is the most problematic for Scotland, with emissions that have barely dropped since 1990. There are however multiple benefits from decarbonising the transport sector to jobs, economy, health and well being from a whole…

Expanded rail network integral to a sustainable transport system

31 May 2019

Transform Scotland has today submitted written evidence to the UK Department for Transport’s Williams Rail Review consultation. Our response focuses on Scottish and Cross-Border rail. In our response, we make clear the crucial role that an improved and expanded rail network can play in creating a sustainable transport network. The growth in rail travel over…

#LoveMyBus: Free Bus Travel for Six Champions!

30 May 2019

Transform Scotland & Stagecoach West Scotland NEWS RELEASE Thursday 30 May 2019 #LoveMyBus: Free Bus Travel for Six Champions! Transform Scotland [1] and Stagecoach West Scotland [2] have today (Thursday 30th) launched their new campaign #LoveMyBus. [3] As part of the campaign, the groups are recruiting for 6 Champions to receive free bus travel for…

Transform makes case to Parliament for Workplace Parking Levies

29 May 2019

Transform Scotland’s policy advisor Sue Flack today presented evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s transport committee on the proposal to provide Local Authorities with discretionary powers to implement Workplace Parking Levies. Sue was instrumental in setting up the Nottingham WPL scheme, and made the case to the committee that Reading, Birmingham, Leicester, Oxford, Cambridge plus multiple…

Decarbonising public transport should be priority for Government’s climate plans

28 May 2019

Transform Scotland will today present evidence to the Parliament’s environment committee on the Climate Bill and the Committee on Climate Change’s evidence to the Scottish Government. Jess Pepper, presenting the Transform evidence, will say: “Much greater priority needs to be given to decarbonising the public transport system and shifting short trips to walking and cycling….

Edinburgh residents’ views wanted on Tourist Tax plans

10 May 2019

We are today making our final call for responses to our online survey on Edinburgh’s proposed Transient Visitor Levy (‘Tourist Tax’). Transform wants to know how residents think the revenue generated from the tax should be distributed. As part of a report we will be publishing later this year, we have created a survey aimed…

Air Passenger Duty: Welcome for Scottish Government’s change of policy

07 May 2019

NEWS RELEASE Air Passenger Duty: Welcome for Scottish Government’s change of policy Transform Scotland [1] has today (Tuesday 7 May) welcomed the Scottish Government’s decision to cancel its plans to cut Air Passenger Duty (APD) / Air Departure Tax (ADT). Colin Howden, Director of Transform Scotland: “Nicola Sturgeon has shown strong leadership in reversing this…

Infrastructure plans must prioritise climate, health and equalities

03 May 2019

We have today submitted our response to the Infrastructure Commission for Scotland’s consultation. In our response, we make the case that it is imperative that the Commission takes as the centrepiece of its consideration the provision of infrastructure that: Tackles the Climate Emergency declared by the First Minister. Improves public health and reduces health inequalities….

Waverley not fit for purpose as 21st century transport hub for Scotland’s capital city

26 April 2019

Transform has today published its response to the Edinburgh Waverley Masterplan consultation. Rail spokesperson Paul Tetlaw said: “For all its listed status, the current station is not fit for purpose as a 21st century transport hub. Significant changes to the existing structures are necessary to create a fitting station and transport hub to serve Scotland’s…

#LoveMyBus at Ladies Day

15 April 2019

Last Friday we were delighted to attend Ladies Day at Ayr racecourse with our partners, Stagecoach West Scotland. We were there to promote our upcoming #LoveMyBus campaign. A beautiful morning gave us a great start to the day. Beautiful day for Ladies Day at @ayrracecourse. Come and see us at the races! Transform's own ladies…

Views needed from Edinburgh residents on Transient Visitor Levy

09 April 2019

The City of Edinburgh Council is looking to introduce a Transient Visitor Levy, also known as ‘Tourist Tax’, after months of discussion between the City’s stakeholders about demand for the levy and how it best be introduced. The Scottish Government will have a consultation on the Transient Visitor Levy this year and, if approved, will…

Transport Bill debate in Parliament: need for further action to reverse decline in bus use

04 April 2019

We have published the parliamentary briefing that we have issued to all Members of the Scottish Parliament ahead of this afternoon’s Stage 1 Debate on the Transport (Scotland) Bill. Colin Howden, Director of Transform Scotland, said: “While the provisions in the Bill on buses are generally welcome, they should not be seen as a panacea…

Climate Bill debate in Parliament: action needed on sustainable transport

02 April 2019

We have published a parliamentary briefing issued to all Members of the Scottish Parliament ahead of this afternoon’s Climate Bill Stage 1 report. The briefing welcomes the environment committee’s finding that clear climate pathways need to be found to deliver emission reduction in key sectors such as transport where there is opportunity to be much…

Tom Hart’s transport notes, 1 January to 31 March 2019

31 March 2019

Tom Hart, from Scottish Association for Public Transport (SAPT), comments, in a personal capacity, on Scottish transport policy.   WIDER ISSUES Growing worldwide pressures to avoid a major climatic disaster by accelerated moves to near zero carbon emissions by 2050 are supported by the Scottish Government yet are in conflict with government encouragement for further…

National leadership needed on Safer Streets Bill

26 March 2019

Transform Scotland have today, alongside 24 other active travel, health, child advocacy, poverty and environment organisations, written to the First Minister to call for leadership and her support of the Safer Streets Bill. Lower speed limits, and particularly 20mph in urban areas, save lives. They are proven to reduce the number, and severity, of injuries…