Scottish cities win £22.5m funding for active travel projects

Scottish cities win £22.5m funding for active travel projects

Deniz Huseyn & Patrick McDonnell

Five active travel schemes have been awarded funding totalling £22.5m by the Scottish government. The shortlisted projects, to be delivered by charity Sustrans, will receive... continue

19 Sep 2017Local Transport Today News

Scots consult on raising the eligibility age for free travel

Andrew Forster

Transport Scotland is consulting on whether to raise the eligibility age for free bus travel to the state pension age.  Scotland’s free travel scheme is currently open to residents aged 60 and over, as well as people meeting disability criteria.  Concessionary cardholders are... continue

15 Sep 2017Local Transport Today News

Edinburgh clarifies tram extension cost

The City of Edinburgh Council has clarified the treatment of optimism bias in the costing of the proposed three-mile tram extension from the city centre to Newhaven (LTT?01 Sep). The council estimates the line will cost £165.2m in outturn costs, assuming an opening in 2022. This comprises... continue

15 Sep 2017Local Transport Today News

Scots office for Local Transport Projects

Consultant Local Transport Projects will open a Scottish office following its appointment earlier this year to Scotland Excel’s four-year engineering and technical consultancy framework, which is used by councils. Director Andy Mayo said the firm would open an office “somewhere in... continue

15 Sep 2017Local Transport Today News
Rapid rise of low emission zones and electric vehicles predicted

Rapid rise of low emission zones and electric vehicles predicted

On 8 September The Scotsman’s transport correspondent, Alastair Dalton, enthused about the benefits of low emission zones (LEZs), several of which are due to be implemented in Scotland in the next few years. “Tough vehicle restrictions [are]... continue

15 Sep 2017Local Transport Today Media Monitor

Mixed views on Scots 20mph default limit

A draft Bill to make 20mph the default speed limit on Scotland’s ‘restricted roads’ – non A and B roads within built-up areas – is attracting a mix of views from councils.  Consultation on Green MSP Mark Ruskell’s proposed Restricted Roads (20mph limit)... continue

15 Sep 2017Local Transport Today News

Scotland’s four largest cities to implement LEZs by 2020

Andrew Forster

Low Emission Zones will be implemented in Scotland’s four biggest cities – Glasgow,  Edinburgh, Aberdeen and Dundee – between 2018 and 2020, the Scottish Government has announced.   The first LEZ will be implemented in 2018 but enforcement would not begin until some... continue

15 Sep 2017Local Transport Today News
Sturgeon doubles spend on active travel

Sturgeon doubles spend on active travel

The scottish Government is to double investment in walking and cycling to £80m a year from 2018/19, Scotland’s first minister Nicola Sturgeon... continue

15 Sep 2017Local Transport Today News

Glennie joins Ansons from Sustrans

Philip Glennie is joining Edinburgh-based Ansons Consulting as a senior consultant. He was smarter choices manager at Sustrans Scotland.... continue

15 Sep 2017Local Transport Today People
Scotland will get new petrol and diesel cars and vans off roads within 15 years, vows Sturgeon

Scotland will get new petrol and diesel cars and vans off roads within 15 years, vows Sturgeon

Lee Baker

The Scottish First Minister Nicola Sturgeon has set out ambitious plans to phase out the need... continue

6 Sep 2017Local Transport Today News
5 Sep 2017Local Transport Today News

Glasgow City Region wants planning power

Councils in the Glasgow City Region have outlined how regional spatial and transport planning could develop under the Scottish Government’s planning reforms. The Government intends to scrap strategic development plans for Scotland’s city regions, replacing them with a strengthened... continue

1 Sep 2017Local Transport Today News

Rail’s grows Anglo-Scots market share

Rail’s share of the travel market between Edinburgh/Glasgow and London rose from 20% to 33% between 2005 and 2015, according to a new report by environmental campaign group Transform Scotland. The group says rail’s market share rose from 24% to 34% for Edinburgh-London travel and from... continue

1 Sep 2017Local Transport Today News
Tram extension could double patronage, says Edinburgh

Tram extension could double patronage, says Edinburgh

Andrew Forster

A three-mile extension of Edinburgh’s tram... continue

1 Sep 2017Local Transport Today News
Queensferry Crossing is open for business

Queensferry Crossing is open for business

The Queensferry Crossing over the Forth estuary between Fife and Edinburgh opened this week. The overall 13.7-mile project, costing £1.35bn, includes... continue

1 Sep 2017Local Transport Today News
Edinburgh tram system extension will cost £165m

Edinburgh tram system extension will cost £165m

Partick McDonnell

The outline business case for extending the Edinburgh tram system has been published by City of Edinburgh Council. If approved, Leith and... continue

31 Aug 2017Local Transport Today News

SEStran ponders name change ahead of possible new powers

Andrew Forster

SEStran, the South East Scotland regional transport partnership, may rebrand in an attempt to raise its profile and reduce confusion with active travel charity Sustrans.  SEStran business partner Keith Fisken told last week’s board meeting that the regional transport partnership (RTP)... continue

18 Aug 2017Local Transport Today News

Queensferry Crossing opening

The new Queensferry Crossing over the Forth estuary will open on 30 August. It will then close temporarily to allow pedestrian tours, re-opening permanently to vehicles on 6 September. ... continue

18 Aug 2017Local Transport Today News

Average speed cameras for A90

An average speed camera system along a 51.5-mile section of the A90 trunk road between Dundee and Stonehaven will go live in October, Transport Scotland has announced. The system  contains 30 sites (15 cameras in either direction) with camera locations 5-7km apart. The system is costing... continue

18 Aug 2017Local Transport Today News

Edgar is SEStran’s new chair

Gordon Edgar has been elected the new chair of SEStran, the South East Scotland Transport Partnership. Edgar is an independent councillor on Scottish Borders Council and spokesman for roads, transport and infrastructure. He has been a member of SEStran for nine years. SEStran has also appointed two... continue

18 Aug 2017Local Transport Today People
Edinburgh launches Phase 3 of 20mph speed limits

Edinburgh launches Phase 3 of 20mph speed limits

Mark Moran

City of Edinburgh Council has launched the third phase of its roll-out of 20mph speed limits. The council says that calming traffic has... continue

15 Aug 2017Parking Review News

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