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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.


MAJORITY OF EMPLOYEES EXPECT BUSINESSES TO SET CORPORATE FLYING REDUCTIONS TARGETS: NEW SURVEY

03 November 2022

Three in five business travelers report having curbed their flying habits as a result of the pandemic in a new survey by the Travel Smart Campaign conducted by Ipsos.  The survey finds that three-quarters of surveyed employees believe that an important factor for reducing a business’s carbon footprint is curbing levels of corporate flying. While most…


The climate crisis dictates the need to halt new road construction now

02 November 2022

We’ve issued a parliamentary briefing to all Members of the Scottish Parliament ahead of this afternoon’s opposition debate by the Scottish Conservatives promoting more road-building. Transform Scotland director Colin Howden said: “This debate is taking place days before the start of COP27, and less than a week after the UN Secretary- General António Guterres said…


Rail overtakes plane as most popular method of transport between Edinburgh-London; Glasgow-London must now do the same

02 November 2022

For the first time in many decades, rail has overtaken flying as the most popular mode of transport between Edinburgh and London. Between April and August 2022, 57% of travellers took the journey by train instead of plane. This is up by more than 20% from pre-pandemic levels, when 35% of passengers chose the train….


CUTS TO BUS AND RAIL FARES NEEDED TO MEET GOVERNMENT’S TRAFFIC REDUCTION PLANS

01 November 2022

Scottish Parliament cross-party group publishes new report responding to Scottish Government’s plan to cut road traffic levels by 20% by 2030 The Scottish Parliament’s Cross Party Group on Sustainable Transport has today (Tuesday 1 November) published its ‘Targeting Traffic’ report. This new publication challenges the Scottish Ministers to come forward with a robust plan to…


Bus recovery in Scotland: What’s the picture? Edinburgh Bus User Group reports

24 October 2022

There was a flurry of interest in early October about public transport recovering from losing passengers during the Covid pandemic. The Scotsman reported transport minister Jenny Gilruth MSP needing to find funding to avert bus service cuts. Then Transform Scotland highlighted a recovery in rail patronage, though ScotRail lags behind other operators. Back in July…


Scotland’s Traffic Summit: How can Scottish businesses help shape the Traffic reduction agenda?

17 October 2022

How can Scottish businesses help shape the agenda for traffic reduction? That was the question posed at our Traffic Summit, where we brought together Scottish business leaders to discuss what measures such as national road user pricing, congestion charging and workplace parking levies might mean for Scottish businesses, and the role of the business community…


Recent news from Transform

27 September 2022

Here, our communications officer Rachel McFarlane reflects on the Transform team’s activities in September. Transform’s trip to the Riverside Museum We were delighted to commence September at the Riverside Museum for our first in-person event since 2019! After almost three years of online events and meetings, it was great to see both familiar as well…


LNER Forum 2022: Positive takeaways from rail

14 September 2022

Below, our Head of Enterprise Elspeth Wray talks about her experience at LNER’s Scotland Stakeholder Forum in Edinburgh last week. I was delighted to speak at LNER’s Scotland Stakeholder Forum on the role played by rail in meeting Scotland’s 20% car km reduction target. At the Forum, I was also very pleased to hear more…


Transform’s trip to the Riverside Museum: Glasgow’s transport past, present and future

07 September 2022

We were delighted to meet up with our members and supporters at the Riverside Museum on Thursday last week for our first in-person event since 2020.  After meeting outside the museum in the Glasgow sunshine, we embarked on a tour led by John Messner and Neil Johnston-Symington, the Curators of Transport and Technology. We learned…


Programme for Government: Rail fare freeze welcomed, but what about bus fares?

06 September 2022

Responding to today’s Scottish Government Programme for Government announcement, Transform Scotland director Colin Howden commented: “We’re very pleased that the government has frozen fares on ScotRail, which otherwise might have risen by 12%. But what’s missing is similar action on bus fares. A few days ago, the UK Government announced new grant funding to allow…


Scotland set to miss target for bus electrification

05 September 2022

NEWS RELEASE Monday 5 September 2022 SCOTLAND SET TO MISS TARGET FOR BUS ELECTRIFICATION:  New report reveals whether Programme for Government sustainable transport commitments are being met A new report published today (Monday 5 September 2022) finds that Scotland will miss its target for bus electrification. The Scottish Government had promised to take the majority…


Roads to Ruin one year on: Better policies, but road spending plans largely unchanged

10 August 2022

A year ago today we published our ‘Roads to Ruin’ report, which found that Transport Scotland: Spent over £4 billion on new roads between 2011 and 2021, and Had projects to expand road capacity worth more than £7 billion in the pipeline. Note that this £7 billion is not the budget for repairs or upgrading…


Welsh follows Scots lead on traffic demand management, but also lacks clear path towards delivery

21 July 2022

Transform’s policy officer Marie Ferdelman comments upon the Welsh Government’s draft ‘National transport delivery plan: 2022 to 2027‘: “Traffic reduction through demand management is now on the political agenda in Scotland and in Wales. The Welsh Government has just published its National Transport Delivery Plan 2022, which features car demand management. “Wales has followed Scotland’s…


Transform’s role in holding Government to account remains as critical as ever: 2022 annual report published

23 June 2022

We’ve today published our new Annual Report. This year’s report focuses on our top three priorities for 2022: Cut road traffic by 20% by 2030;  Make public transport more affordable than driving; Switch spending from new roads to sustainable transport. Transform’s acting chair Stuart Hay notes in his ‘Message from the Chair’ that: “Scotland now…


Recent updates from Transform

15 June 2022

Transform’s communications officer, Rachel McFarlane, reports on a few of our recent activities.  Scottish Bus Week success! The first-ever Scottish Bus Week, which took place during the last week of May, centred around the celebration of bus and the role that buses can play as a solution to the country’s transport challenges. The Bus Week…


Member profile: Raleigh UK

14 June 2022

Raleigh UK is one of the world’s oldest and best-known bike brands. Established in 1887 in Nottingham, England and with over 130 years heritage, it is this that drives their passion for cycling and the vision for the future. They believe that sustainable production and products will ultimately add value to the company, which in…


Decisive decade, or just business-as-usual?

14 June 2022

Transform’s director Colin Howden reflects on the National Transport Strategy Delivery Plan, published on 8 June. On the face of it, there is much to welcome and indeed support in the new National Transport Strategy Delivery Plan.  There is a commitment to deliver safer roads, improve health and well-being through an extension in active travel,…


Achieving 20% reduction in car kms: A question of logistics

14 June 2022

We have today published the video and minutes from the Cross-Party Group on Sustainable Transport meeting that took place on Tuesday 24 May. At this meeting Clare Linton, the policy and research advisor at the Urban Transport Group, presented on the decarbonisation of freight and logistics; followed by Professor Iain Docherty from the University of…


Concern expressed at scrapping of high-speed capacity serving Scotland

09 June 2022

Transform has today written to the UK Department for Transport expressing concern at the scrapping of a section of the HS2 project that would have provided faster journey times to Scotland and provided a realistic alternative to short-haul flights from the Scottish Central Belt to London. In the letter to Westminster transport secretary Grant Shapps…


Germany’s 9-Euro-Ticket an unprecedented experiment for growing public transport

01 June 2022

Transform’s policy officer Marie Ferdelman reports from Germany on the new 9-Euro-Ticket which was introduced today (1 June). Paying just over £7.50 for a monthly public transport pass sounds like something that might have last happened in the 1970s. But it is in fact what Germans will be paying from today until the end of…


Welcome for Reston’s restoration to Scottish rail network

26 May 2022

Transform Scotland has welcomed the new addition to the Scottish rail network: the reopening of Reston Station. Transform’s rail spokesperson Paul Tetlaw, who visited the new station on its opening day courtesy of Transpennine Express, said: “Monday was a memorable day for the village of Reston and it’s surrounding catchment area. Not since the 1960s…


First-ever Scottish Bus Week launched today by Transform’s #lovemybus campaign

23 May 2022

Scottish Bus Week is an opportunity for everyone to celebrate bus! An initiative from #lovemybus (from Transform Scotland) is supported by Paths for All and partners – including First Bus, Stagecoach Scotland, Lothian Buses, Borders Buses, West Coast Motors, Glasgow Citybus  – Scottish Bus Week will be delivered in partnership with CPT Scotland. Full details here:…


Our campaign activities over the last month: Travel Smart & The Big Give

18 May 2022

Our communications officer, Rachel McFarlane, reports on our campaigning activities over the past month. –> Travel Smart: Fly less while achieving more.  On Tuesday 10 May, Transform Scotland joined Transport & Environment (T&E) Europe’s leading campaign group for clean mobility, to launch the ‘Travel Smart’ campaign. During the coronavirus pandemic we realised that business travel is…


Too few Scottish businesses pledge to reduce business flying, new corporate ranking finds 

10 May 2022

Together with Transport & Environment (T&E), Europe’s leading campaign group for clean mobility, Transform Scotland is today launching the Travel Smart campaign to encourage companies to fly less while achieving more. Transform Scotland and T&E have published a groundbreaking benchmarking of 230 global companies based on their business travel practice. Top companies are defining targets…


Local Elections 2022: Securing traffic reduction locally

03 May 2022

Transform’s policy officer Marie Ferdelman reflects on this Thursday’s Scottish local elections. In two days people across Scotland will be voting to elect their new Councillors. The issues that will inform people’s vote will be varied, but transport will undoubtedly be one of them and for good reason. At a national level there is a…