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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.

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,…

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…