Scotland’s National Transport Strategy launched

THE Scottish public is to have its say on the nation’s transport strategy for the next two decades.

Transport Scotland has announced that the National Transport Strategy for Scotland has now been published for public consultation. The strategy outlines how the transport system will deliver ‘better outcomes’ for citizens and businesses by promoting equality, taking climate action, helping the economy to prosper and improve health and wellbeing.

It ‘redefines’ investment priorities and introduces more accountability with proposals for Citizens’ Panels and a new delivery board.

Transport secretary Michael Matheson has revealed that five new active travel projects have been approved through the Places for Everyone fund, which is managed by walking and cycling charity Sustrans Scotland. This will see almost £60 million invested in new infrastructure in Perth, Edinburgh, Glasgow (two projects) and Arbroath over the next five years.

Mr Matheson said, “The National Transport Strategy sets a clear direction for a future where we have a sustainable, inclusive and accessible transport system that helps deliver a healthier, fairer and more prosperous Scotland. We know cycling, walking, use of public transport and shared transport options all need to be more affordable, accessible and attractive if we are to make this vision a reality. The Strategy is being launched alongside the allocation of almost £60 million for five new active travel projects, underlining the added benefits that sustainable transport can bring.”

Sustrans Scotland director Grace Martin added, “We are delighted to announce the projects that will be supported by Sustrans’ Places for Everyone programme, funded by Transport Scotland. Five large scale projects that will make a real difference to the residents of Perth, Glasgow, Edinburgh and Arbroath. Working in partnership with the Sustrans Places for Everyone programme provides support and expertise through all stages, from concept and design to delivery and construction. The programme helps to connect communities and create liveable towns and cities. By putting people back in the heart of places – whether in cities or smaller towns, Places for Everyone makes it easier for people of all ages and abilities to travel actively and to create healthier, happier places to live, work and play.

“We’re excited by the new National Transport Strategy designed to make sure transport helps Scotland to meet its priorities for prosperity, reducing inequality, tackling climate change and healthier people. Sustrans Scotland look forward to working with our partners to deliver these goals by helping more people to walk, cycle and wheel.”