15 Mar 2019Local Transport Today News

Police Scotland’s focus on inter-urban roads questioned

Andrew Forster

Police Scotland’s road policing priorities may be based on a flawed understanding of accident casualty distributions, an academic supporter of more 20mph limits has said.  Green MSP Mark Ruskell commissioned Adrian Davis, professor of transport and health at Edinburgh’s Napier... continue

12 Apr 2019Local Transport Today News

Glasgow lobbies for 20mph Bill

Councillors on Glasgow City Council have overwhelmingly backed a motion calling on the Scottish Government to support  Green MSP Mark Ruskell’s Bill to make 20mph the default speed limit on most built-up roads in Scotland. Councillors approved a motion tabled by Scottish Green party... continue

12 Apr 2019Local Transport Today News

Edinburgh funds tram driver fatigue detection

The City of Edinburgh Council is holding a procurement competition to devise a system that can  detect if tram drivers are losing consciousness or about to suffer a chronic health issue.  The ‘driver innovation safety challenge’ competition will provide up to £168,000... continue

12 Apr 2019Local Transport Today News
Ministers mull CPT’s request for extra reimbursement cash

Ministers mull CPT’s request for extra reimbursement cash

The Scottish Government is considering a request from bus operators for additional funding  to cover a shortfall of at least £6.4m in the budget for concessionary fares reimbursement in 2018/19.   Transport... continue

12 Apr 2019Local Transport Today News

Electrification to Perth mooted

Extending rail electrification from Dunblane to Perth is one of the rail enhancement projects being developed by Transport Scotland for possible delivery in control period 6 (2019/20-2023/24). Other projects include new stations at Reston and East Linton between Edinburgh and Berwick on the East... continue

12 Apr 2019Local Transport Today News

Reimagining Waverley

Reimagining Waverley: preliminary proposals for a major redevelopment of Edinburgh Waverley station have been published for consultation by Network Rail and the City of Edinburgh Council. An upper mezzanine floor could be built featuring retailing and a new concourse, and there could be better... continue

12 Apr 2019Local Transport Today News

Three firms on Scots research framework

Transport Scotland has appointed consultants WSP, Mott MacDonald and Jacobs to a transport research framework. Work will be called off from the framework on the basis of a rotation, beginning with the most economic advantageous tender. For services of a particular complexity or value, Transport... continue

12 Apr 2019Local Transport Today News

New MDs for Stagecoach bus operations

Stagecoach has appointed new managing directors for its West and East of Scotland bus operations. Fiona Doherty joins to lead the West of Scotland bus operations, succeeding Tom Bridge who left last year. Doherty was Forth Ports’ port manager – East Coast Scotland. Douglas Robertson... continue

12 Apr 2019Local Transport Today People

Man fined after ignoring 21 parking tickets

A man has been fined after ignoring over 20 penalty charge notices issued by a Scottish local authority. David Humphries, used a pay & display car park behind the Iceland store he manages in Galashiels. However, he did not pay PCNs issued by Scottish Borders Council or answer letters asking him... continue

31 Mar 2019Parking Review News

New parking levy powers for Scottish councils get thumbs down in Fife

Deniz Huseyin

Fife Council has become the first local authority in Scotland to officially rule out introducing a workplace parking levy (WPL). This follows a decision by the Scottish Government last month to give local authorities the powers to implement a WPL and a transient visitor levy – or tourist tax... continue

31 Mar 2019Parking Review News

Three routes mapped to bring high-speed rail to Scotland

Andrew Forster

Transport Scotland has identified three routes for a new cross-border high-speed rail line, and now plans to commission a draft business case looking into the benefits of extending the high-speed rail network to the north of England and central Scotland.  In 2016 the UK and Scottish... continue

29 Mar 2019Local Transport Today News

Sturgeon urged to back 20mph Bill

29 Mar 2019Local Transport Today News

FirstGroup orders high-speed train fleet

FirstGroup has placed an order with Hitachi for five five-car 125mph AT300 trains to operate an open access service between London and Edinburgh. FirstGroup has ten-year access rights from the Office of Rail and Road to run the services. Five trains a day will operate each way, with intermediate... continue

29 Mar 2019Local Transport Today News

Vehicle keeper liability may come to Scotland

The Scottish Government is considering introducing “keeper liability”, which would mean vehicle owners would have to pay parking charge notices issued on private land where driver cannot be identified. Currently, Scottish private parking companies can only recover unpaid PCNs from the... continue

29 Mar 2019Parking Review News

Transport features in Borderlands deal

Transport schemes on both sides of the Scotland-England border could be among projects to benefit from the £345m Borderlands Growth Deal. The UK Government will contribute £260m and the Scottish Government £85m. The regeneration of Carlisle station is one of four named projects.... continue

29 Mar 2019Local Transport Today News
Scotsman rails against poor cycling provision

Scotsman rails against poor cycling provision

The Scotsman’s transport correspondent, Alastair Dalton, was scathing in the extreme about the poor state of cycling provision north of the border in a column on 15 March.... continue

29 Mar 2019Local Transport Today Media Monitor

Free bus travel for all Scots would be non-sensical

Roger Sexton Nottingham NG1

Unlike the governments of Luxembourg, Tallinn and certain French cities such as Dunkirk, I am not in favour of free public transport. It puts too large a burden on the taxpayer, attracts to public transport people who would otherwise walk or cycle, and encourages... continue

29 Mar 2019Local Transport Today Comment

Murphy is director of CTA in Scotland

The Community Transport Association has appointed Rachel Murphy as its new director for Scotland. She was previously the CTA’s Scotland support and engagement executive.... continue

29 Mar 2019Local Transport Today People

SEStran to appoint interim director

The South East Scotland transport partnership (SEStran) is to recruit a new director on an internal secondment arrangement for an initial 12-month period. SEStran’s previous director, George Eckton, had been absent for some time and the partnership accepted his resignation last December. The... continue

29 Mar 2019Local Transport Today People

Booth retires from Bus Users in Scotland

Gavin Booth, Bus Users UK's director for Scotland, has retired. Booth worked for the Scottish Bus Group as group marketing manager from 1985 to 1988 before becoming a freelance transport consultant, journalist and author. In the 1990s he joined Caroline Cahm, founder of the National Federation of... continue

29 Mar 2019Local Transport Today People

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