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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’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….

Transport Bill a “missed opportunity” for buses

02 October 2018

Call for Bill to tackle the root causes of the decline in bus patronage Transform Scotland [1] has today (Tuesday 2 October) published its evidence to the Scottish Parliament’s Rural Economy and Connectivity Committee on the Government’s Transport Bill.  The Bill is now being scrutinised by the Parliament’s Committees, and Transform is giving oral evidence…

Tom Hart’s transport news digest, July to September 2018

30 September 2018

Tom Hart from Scottish Association for Public Transport (SAPT) writes on transport news from 1 July to 30 September 2018: MAIN ISSUES Final decisions on Brexit continue to cause uncertainty which could have major impacts on transport and the economy. In addition to major concerns on ferry policy, another aggravated issue is whether a weakened…

‘Transport is now Scotland’s biggest sectoral challenge’ says Committee on Climate Change annual report

24 September 2018

Today’s annual report to the Scottish Parliament made by the independent Committee on Climate Change has shown “Scotland’s progress in reducing emissions from the power sector masks a lack of action in other areas, particularly transport, agriculture, forestry and land use.” The Committee notes that emissions from the transport sector have increased in every year from…

A Health Voice for Sustainable Transport in Scotland

12 September 2018

We have today published a briefing from the Faculty of Public Health on the health benefits of sustainable transport. The briefing sets out the role that health professionals can play in championing sustainable transport as the healthiest option for Scotland and why this vision led the Faculty of Public Health to join Transform Scotland. We…

Scottish Government Programme for Government — Our response

04 September 2018

Commenting on today’s Scottish Government Programme for Government announcement, Transform Scotland director Colin Howden said: “The Programme for Government contains much talk about low-carbon transport. But actual investment remains grotesquely skewed towards vastly-expensive high-carbon roads projects. The First Minister’s speech contained a long list of new road projects. [1] However, she was unable to mention…

Notice of Transform Scotland 2018 Annual General Meeting & autumn Members’ Sessions

30 August 2018

Dear Members, I’m writing to advise you of the events we’re holding this autumn. Thursday 11 October, 17:45-20:30 — Annual General Meeting For our AGM this year, we are grateful for the hospitality of Cllr Lesley Macinnes for hosting us in Edinburgh City Chambers. The AGM will be held from 17:45-18:15. The agenda for the…

‘Celtic Capitals’ rail service linking Edinburgh & Cardiff a must for new franchise

30 August 2018

NEWS RELEASE For immediate release Thursday 30 August 2018 ‘CELTIC CAPITALS’ RAIL SERVICE LINKING EDINBURGH & CARDIFF A MUST FOR NEW FRANCHISE Transform Scotland [1] has called for the new Cross Country rail franchise to include direct Edinburgh-Cardiff rail services. [2] The demand comes as part of Transform Scotland’s response to the UK Government’s call…

Evidence submitted to Parliament on Climate Change Bill

28 August 2018

Transform Scotland have today responded to the call for written evidence on the Scottish Government’s Climate Change Bill. The evidence has been submitted to the Scottish Parliament’s Environment, Climate Change and Land Reform Committee ahead of today’s deadline for evidence. In the evidence paper, Transform Scotland sets out three ‘Opportunities for Greater Ambition’ in the…

Comment on public sector bid for ScotRail franchise

23 August 2018

Commenting on today’s announcement by the Scottish Ministers that they would support a public sector bid for the ScotRail franchise, Transform Scotland’s rail campaigner Paul Tetlaw commented: “Rail services in Scotland perform much better than many other parts of the UK — contrary to the view put forward by some. “That’s not to say we…

Inter-City Express presentation to Royal Scottish Geographical Society

21 August 2018

Transform Scotland chair Phil Matthews presented to this evening’s Royal Scottish Geographical Society meeting on rail, alongside ScotRail Alliance managing director Alex Hynes. Phil’s presentation is available for download.

Campaigners attack ‘broken promises’ on Highland Main Line rail upgrade

06 August 2018

NEWS RELEASEMonday 6 August 2018 Campaigners attack ‘broken promises’ on Highland Main Line rail upgrade The Scottish Government has failed to deliver on a promise made 10 years ago by the then First Minister to slash train journey times from Inverness to Edinburgh and Glasgow, say rail campaigners. To mark the 10th anniversary of the public…

Sustrans Scotland’s role in the new National Transport Strategy

20 July 2018

Transform Scotland are pleased to publish its Members’ Briefing ‘Sustrans Scotland’s role in the development of the new National Transport Strategy’, written by Sustrans Scotland’s director John Lauder. John concludes the briefing as follows: “We look forward to the conclusion of the National Transport Strategy (NTS) and a strategy that better integrates and prioritises active…

Tom Hart’s transport notes, 1 April to 30 June 2018

30 June 2018

Transport commentary from Tom Hart of Scottish Association for Public Transport (SAPT). MAIN ISSUES The Brexit debate continues to leave much uncertainty about the future state of the British economy and a changing role for transport. Wider changes in trend show slower growth or falls in passenger movement per head within the UK. The growth…

New report sets out ‘Routes to Growth’ for cycle tourism economy

25 June 2018

Report calls for fully segregated cycle paths along selected key tourist routes Transform Scotland today (Monday 25th) launched the report ‘Routes to Growth: Developing Scotland’s Cycle Tourism Sector’. The report builds upon earlier research by Transform Scotland and Sustrans Scotland which highlighted the multi-million pound benefits of leisure cycle tourism to the Scottish economy (up…

Transport (Scotland) Bill: some initial thoughts

17 June 2018

The Scottish Ministers introduced the Transport (Scotland) Bill to the Scottish Parliament on 11 June 2018. We had already made known our thoughts on how the Bill could be improved in our report ‘Getting the Bill Right’ published earlier that month. Here our policy advisor Chris Day sets out some initial thoughts on the Bill….