16 Jan 2019Local Transport Today News
Transport Scotland paves the way for more speed cameras

Transport Scotland paves the way for more speed cameras

Andrew Forster

More of Scotland’s roads will be eligible for... continue

15 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News

Pension fund ‘can’t fund transport plan’

Council pension funds cannot invest in their councils’ transport infrastructure, councillors in Aberdeen have been told. The city council is exploring forming a partnership with the North East Scotland Pension Fund (NESPF) to support local infrastructure investment. But Jonathan Belford,... continue

15 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News

Perth progresses Cross Tay Link Road

Perth and Kinross Council is inviting contractors to attend a market engagement day to discuss the procurement approach for the Cross Tay Link Road. The road would connect the A9 north of Perth to the A93 and A94 north of Scone. Works will include realigning a section of the A9, building a bridge... continue

15 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News

Legal review for city’s transport fund

The Scottish Government is studying the conclusions of a review into the legality of the City of Edinburgh Council’s proposed developer contribution zones for transport and other infrastructure (LTT 31 Aug 18). Edinburgh’s proposal will see developers within the zones pay a contribution... continue

15 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News

Parking levy and tourist tax powers for Scottish councils

Andrew Forster

The Scottish Government is to give councils the powers to implement a workplace parking levy and a transient visitor levy – or tourist tax – both of which could fund local transport improvements.  A commitment to the powers features in a deal struck between the minority SNP... continue

15 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News

Diesels beat electrics, says Lothian Buses

Municipal operator Lothian Buses says the newest diesel buses are preferable to electric. The comment comes in a new vehicle investment strategy, which outlines how the operator’s fleet will transition to Euro VI standard.  Lothian’s current fleet breakdown is: 1 per cent fully... continue

15 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News

Scots infrastructure commissioners

The Scottish Government has appointed an Infrastructure Commission for Scotland to advise on the priorities for a 30-year infrastructure strategy. Chaired by Ian Russell CBE, the chair of the Scottish Futures Trust, its membership includes two commissioners with a strong transport pedigree:... continue

15 Feb 2019Local Transport Today People

Paterson joins Peter Brett from SYSTRA

Grant Paterson has joined consultant Peter Brett Associates in Edinburgh as a principal transport modeller, moving from SYSTRA, where he was a principal consultant.... continue

15 Feb 2019Local Transport Today People
Operators give thumbs down to Scots bus retrofit grant rate

Operators give thumbs down to Scots bus retrofit grant rate

Andrew Forster

Transport Scotland’s programme to bring buses up to... continue

1 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News
Mixed views on Scots 20mph default speed limit proposal

Mixed views on Scots 20mph default speed limit proposal

Andrew Forster

North Ayrshire Council has endorsed the Bill to... continue

1 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News

Jacobs and AECOM lead Scots STPR2

Transport Scotland has appointed a team led by consultants Jacobs and AECOM to conduct the second strategic transport projects review (STPR2), which will help identify  transport investment priorities.  The contract includes modelling, appraisal and forecasting, strategic environmental... continue

1 Feb 2019Local Transport Today News
23 Jan 2019Local Transport Today News

Scots default 20mph Bill ‘too costly and will confuse drivers’

Andrew Forster

A PArliamentary Bill to make 20mph the default speed limit across most built-up roads in Scotland will create confusion for drivers and be unaffordable for councils, says Fife Council.  Mark Ruskell, the Green MSP for Mid Scotland and Fife, introduced his Restricted Roads (20mph Speed Limit)... continue

18 Jan 2019Local Transport Today News

Buses go contactless

Twenty-three small bus operators in Scotland have received funding to upgrade ticket machines to accept contactless payments.  The £447,850 has been awarded by the Scottish Government and the European Regional Development Fund.  The Government has just opened bids for a second round... continue

18 Jan 2019Local Transport Today News

Glasgow’s statutory bus QP comes to end

A statutory quality partnership scheme for buses in Glasgow is to be replaced by a voluntary partnership arrangement.  The existing Glasgow Streamline statutory quality partnership was jointly made by Glasgow City Council and Strathclyde Partnership for Transport. The six-year agreement is... continue

8 Jan 2019Local Transport Today News

Brexit delays Scottish transport strategy

The timetable for preparing Scotland’s new transport strategy has slipped because of Brexit, transport secretary Michael Matheson has told MSPs.  Consultation on the draft strategy had been due to commence early this year, with the final version being released in the... continue

8 Jan 2019Local Transport Today News

Scots active nation commissioner

Former professional mountain biker Lee Craigie has been appointed Scotland’s active nation commissioner. She will act as an advocate for walking and cycling, and report to the cabinet secretary for transport, infrastructure and connectivity, Michael Matheson.... continue

8 Jan 2019Local Transport Today News

eBikes for Glasgow cycle hire scheme

Electric bikes are to be made available in Glasgow’s dock-based bike hire scheme. A fleet of 63 eBikes will be provided, with charging facilities installed at 21 of the 63 hire stations. The investment will be jointly-funded by a £176,624 grant from the Energy Savings Trust (ultimately... continue

8 Jan 2019Local Transport Today News

Rural electric bus trial in Moray

Electric buses are to be trialled on a rural bus route in Moray, northern Scotland. The buses will operate between Aberlour and Forres via Knockando, a new route serving areas currently without a service. The project is  funded by the European INTERREG North Sea region project ‘Green... continue

8 Jan 2019Local Transport Today News

SEStran studies new rail station in Fife

Consultant SYSTRA has been appointed to explore the case for a new rail station at Newburgh in Fife, on the single track Ladybank to Perth line. The consultant will report to a project team of the South East Scotland transport partnership (SEStran), Fife Council and the Newburgh Rail Group. The... continue

8 Jan 2019Local Transport Today News

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