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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.

Investment in bus services critical to reversing decline

20 March 2019

We have issued a parliamentary briefing in advance of this afternoon’s Scottish Parliamentary debate by the Scottish Labour Party on bus services. Transform Scotland director Colin Howden said: “Providing free bus travel for the under-25s may have merit as a policy, but we would wish to see further evidence as to its likely impact. Whether…

Great news for Scottish public transport as Edinburgh votes to extend tram to Newhaven

14 March 2019

Commenting on the decision by The City of Edinburgh Council’s decision to extend the tram to Leith & Newhaven, Transform Scotland’s Paul Tetlaw said: “Cities around the world – many much smaller than Edinburgh – are developing and expanding light rail systems. They can efficiently transport large numbers of passengers on key transport corridors and…

Bus priorities and quality assurance feature in Parliament report on Transport Bill — Transform briefing

11 March 2019

On Thursday last week, the Parliament’s transport committee published its Stage 1 report on the Transport Bill. We were pleased to see many of our concerns raised by the Committee in the report. Below is a policy briefing by Transform Scotland’s Policy Advisor Chris Day on the Stage 1 report. Chris outlines the key points…

Climate report identifies need for emission reduction pathways for transport

04 March 2019

Today saw the Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee publish the Stage 1 report on the Climate Change (Emissions Reduction Targets) (Scotland) Bill. While the headlines relate to the Net Zero targets, some of the conclusions for the transport sector are potentially significant. Transform welcomes the Committee’s finding that clear climate pathways need to…

Paul Tetlaw completes tenure as chair of the ScotRail Stakeholder Advisory Panel

27 February 2019

On Wednesday 27 February, after three years, Paul Tetlaw has completed his tenure as the chair of the ScotRail Stakeholder Advisory Panel. Paul passes on his appreciation to ScotRail management staff and other Panel members for the work they have done together over the last 3 years. He would also like to send his best…

Professor Adrian Davis on The UK Transport policy menu

26 February 2019

In January, Transform members heard from Professor Adrian Davis from Edinburgh Napier University Transport Research Institute, on his paper: ‘The UK Transport policy menu: Roads, roads, and a dash of multi-modalism.’ Adrian spoke on the challenges of achieving large scale behaviour change in public transport use. Adrian argued that behavioural change can occur when evidence…

Priorities for climate action — Spokes Bulletin feature

25 February 2019

Spokes Bulletin 133 is now out and includes an insert by Transform Scotland on ‘Transport and Climate’. Transport is Scotland’s largest source of emissions and despite current plans, which are deeply inadequate, Scotland’s transport sector provides ample opportunities for greater ambition in cutting emissions. This would also deliver benefits for public hearth, equalities, congestion, and…

Transform’s Michelle Brophy on Traffic Demand Management Measures

25 February 2019

On 12 December 2018, Transform Scotland members heard from Transform’s Research Manager, Michelle Brophy, on Traffic Demand Management Measures. Michelle facilitated a discussion about Private Non-Residential Parking Levies but also other demand management measures such as road user charging. Michelle also shared her expertise from her experience of working in Perth, Australia on similar demand management policies….

Delivering sustainable and renewable transportation for Scotland

21 February 2019

Transform today prepared a parliamentary briefing ahead of today’s debate on ‘Delivering sustainable and renewable transportation’ debate led by the Scottish Conservatives’ transport spokesperson Jamie Greene MSP. The briefing makes the case that there is ample opportunity from the Scottish sustainable transport sector for reducing climate emissions. The briefing also notes that technology alone is…

Shotts Line – electrification, new timetable and Breich Station

13 February 2019

Transform Scotland have today written to Bill Reeve, the Director of Rail at Transport Scotland, to stress the potential of this upgraded route for end to end journeys between Edinburgh and Glasgow Central and the opportunity now presented to develop much greater patronage at key stations along the route.

Poppy Marples joins Transform team in tourism role

13 February 2019

We’re happy to announce that Poppy Marples has joined the Transform team as ‘Transport & Tourism Researcher’, on a five-month placement from Edinburgh Napier University.   Transport & Tourism Researcher: Poppy Marples Poppy joined Transform Scotland in January 2019 on a five-month placement from Napier University where she is studying International Tourism Management BA (Hons)….

Holyrood parties challenged on Workplace Parking Levy

13 February 2019

Transform Scotland have joined other environmental and transport organisations to write to the leaders of the five political parties represented in the Scottish Parliament. The letter challenges the party leaders to support plans for Workplace Parkies Levies, as outlined in the Scottish Budget agreement between the SNP and the Greens, and to advocate for the…

New Year message from Transform’s Chair

02 January 2019

In a year dominated by Brexit, for most Scots it will still have been their day to day experiences that have affected their quality of life the most. Our transport system will have been central to this. We will have used it to access work and leisure, to go on holiday, to visit family and…

Tom Hart’s transport news, 1 October to 31 December 2018

31 December 2018

Tom Hart of Scottish Association for Public Transport (SAPT) gives his quarterly commentary on Scottish transport issues: MAIN ISSUES International Conferences have again highlighted the need for faster action to keep rises in global temperatures below 1.5C by 2030 and moving on to zero emissions in order to avoid major habitat change and severe adverse…

LNER Trackside Mileage Signs on the East Coast Main Line

13 December 2018

Transform Scotland rail campaigner Paul Tetlaw reports: As a regular traveller on the ECML I noted that the mileage signs erected by the LNER in the 1920s were badly neglected and appeared to be in danger of collapse. These signs are part of the history of the route and add interest to modern day travellers…

Transform’s response to CEC’s consultation on the introduction of a Transient Visitor Levy

04 December 2018

Transform Scotland has today (Tuesday 4 December) published its response to the City of Edinburgh Council’s consultation on the introduction of a Transient Visitor Levy. Transform highlights the importance on reinvesting the revenue from a TVL in encouraging and enabling the use of sustainable transport to and from the city and within it. The deadline for other…

ScotRail parliamentary debate — comment from Transform Scotland

14 November 2018

Commenting on this afternoon’s parliamentary debate ‘ScotRail Break Clause’, Paul Tetlaw, rail spokesperson for Transform Scotland said: “Current performance may not yet be as good as we would like, but there is progress and it is important to acknowledge that it compares favourably to much of that south of the Border. Many of the performance…

Transform presents evidence on Climate Bill to Parliament

13 November 2018

Transform Scotland today presented oral evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee on the topic of the Scottish Government’s Climate Change Bill. Presenting the evidence to Parliament was Jess Pepper, our Enterprise Manager, but also a bit of an expert on all things climate-related. The video of the evidence session…

Transforming Edinburgh’s streets and public spaces

12 November 2018

Transform Scotland has published its response to the City of Edinburgh Council’s consultation ‘Edinburgh: connecting our city, transforming our places‘, which concluded today. Amongst other things, the consultation asked ‘Do you have any other ideas, big or small, about how Edinburgh can support its economy, connect its communities and transform its streets and public spaces?’….

Transform Scotland Members Briefing — Scott Prentice from ScotRail on the ‘Revolution in Rail’

12 November 2018

On Thursday 8 November Transform Scotland members heard from Scott Prentice from ScotRail on the ‘Revolution in Rail’. This “Revolution in Rail” is underpinned by a completely new timetable structure in East and North Scotland. By the end of 2019 ScotRail will be operating 2,500 services per day with a train fleet of more than…

Extending the Trams to Newhaven — Transform Scotland’s response to City of Edinburgh Council’s consultation

07 November 2018

Transform Scotland has today published its response to the Edinburgh City Council’s consultation on extending the Edinburgh Trams to Newhaven. Matt McDonald, on behalf of Transform Scotland, said: “Transform Scotland supports the proposal because of the benefits it brings in terms of quality of life, congestion, air quality, accessibility, and transport efficiency. We also welcome the…

The Poverty Alliance — Rethinking transport services to tackle poverty

06 November 2018

We have today published a briefing from The Poverty Alliance on ‘Rethinking transport services to tackle poverty.’ The briefing recognises the important role that sustainable transport can play in reducing poverty, by reducing the peoples everyday costs. The Poverty Alliance highlight the role transport plays in enabling access to employment opportunities, education, and essential services….

Transform Scotland Annual Report 2018

29 October 2018

We are very pleased to publish our Annual Report for 2018.  It has been another busy and exciting year for Transform Scotland. 2018 saw Transform Scotland and our social enterprises, Transform Creative and Transform Consulting accomplish a lot in an important year for the future of Scottish transport. However there is still a great deal…

Sue Flack Talk: Workplace Parking Levy in Practice: Experience in Nottingham and Elsewhere.

16 October 2018

Transform Scotland welcomed Sue Flack to the Edinburgh City Chambers on Thursday 11 October to deliver a talk on: ‘Workplace Parking Levy in Practice: Experience in Nottingham and Elsewhere.’ Sue’s talk reflected on her experiences on setting up the Workplace Parking Levy (WPL) in Nottingham and was followed by a Q&A which also included Professor…

Welcome for ScotRail inter-city trains, “the best diesel trains ever to run in the UK”

10 October 2018

Transform Scotland welcomes today’s introduction of the first ‘Inter7City’ high-speed trains. ScotRail announced today that the first of the refurbished trains will enter services on the Aberdeen-Edinburgh route on Monday 15 October. [1] Rail spokesperson Paul Tetlaw said: “We’re delighted to see the first of the fully refurbished ScotRail HST trains about to enter service….