Transport Scotland charts new public transport systems as part of transition to net zero

Transport Scotland has announced it will develop an Edinburgh and South East Scotland public transport network and an Aberdeen rapid transit network, as well as the multi-billion pound Clyde Underground in Glasgow , as it envisions a cleaner, better-connected future.

It just released its second Strategic Transportation Projects Review (STPR2), which contains 45 recommendations to make the country’s transportation more sustainable and help residents make more informed choices about how they get around.

Improving transit systems in the country’s largest urban areas is a key measure.

There will be improvements to connectivity in Glasgow through the creation of the multi-billion pound Clyde Underground, linking it to surrounding areas of East Dunbartonshire, East Renfrewshire, North Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire, South Lanarkshire and West Dunbartonshire. Transport Scotland has not yet determined what this might look like, but STPR2 says it may include one or more rapid transit by bus, tram, light rail and/or tube. This would integrate with current bus and heavy rail networks.

STPR2 also proposes the development of an Edinburgh public transport system, integrating bus rapid transit and trams with the current bus, tram and heavy rail networks. Edinburgh City Council is carrying out a study on how to implement the scheme, with an initial focus on public transport connectivity from Granton in the north of the city to the center and south and is.

The proposed rapid transit system for Aberdeen would be a bus-based system to provide more competitive and efficient public transport in and around the Aberdeen city region. It would focus on key demand corridors and areas where congestion is impacting current bus services.

Other STPR2 recommendations for future transportation investments include:

  • Support rural and island communities by continuing investment in ferry renewal, improving port infrastructure and connections from ferry terminals
  • Decarbonize public transport; increase the shift to zero-emission vehicles
  • Encourage more people to walk, ride and cycle more often
  • Develop a net zero freight and logistics network
  • Development and implementation of “active highways” – high quality arterial active travel corridors providing sustainable transportation infrastructure between population centers and major attractions
  • Extension of 20 mph zones
  • Reallocate road space away from private cars and towards active travel; create quality urban environments to create better places by enhancing the attractiveness of cities and towns
  • Create guidance and a framework to provide “mobility hubs” – recognizable places with an offer of different and connected modes of transport complemented by improved facilities and information functions to attract and benefit the traveler
  • Investment in on-demand transport pilot programs
  • Improve facilities at major train stations to make them more efficient and effective for public use, adopting active travel solutions
  • Reallocate road space to buses
  • Infrastructure for universal access to stations
  • Investment in low carbon and alternative fuel systems
  • Delivery of the rail decarbonization program
  • Strategy for improving the rest and well-being infrastructure of transporters
  • Investment in the strategic asset of the road network
  • Access to Argyll and Bute other than the A83
  • Speed ​​management plan

Scottish Cabinet Secretary for Net Zero, Energy and Transport, Michael Matheson, said: “The investment decisions we are making now have never been more important. A green recovery from Covid-19 will put us on the path to a just and fair transition to net zero. The pandemic has caused fundamental shifts in travel behaviors and we want to ensure that people continue to make sustainable travel choices, return to public transport and that our economic recovery does not rely too heavily on road travel. .

“STPR2’s recommendations support the measures set out last week in our roadmap to reduce car miles traveled by 20% by 2030 and represent major work by this government to make Scotland – all of Scotland – more sustainable.

“This review represents a repositioning of our transport investment priorities – the focus is on how transport can help us protect our climate and improve lives. It takes a balanced and fair approach for all modes of transport and all regions of Scotland.

“The recommendations set out in STPR2 will help achieve the four priorities of our national transportation strategy – reducing inequalities; act for the climate; contribute to inclusive economic growth; and improve our health and well-being. They will now be consulted and I urge individuals, community groups, businesses and organizations in the public and third sectors to share their views with us so that together we can shape an adapted transport system for a healthy future. , fair and green.

Susan Aitken, President of Glasgow City Council and Councilor Chair of the Glasgow City Region City Deal cabinet, said: “Today’s announcement marks a major step forward in our commitment to creating a modern, sustainable and integrated for the city of Glasgow and its surrounding metropolitan area. Clyde Metro’s inclusion in the STPR2 report is a huge vote of confidence in the work done to date by Transport Scotland and the City Council to push forward the concept and the compelling case for it.

“The metro will be transformational: it will reduce social and economic inequalities, promote economic growth, better connect peripheral and underserved communities and encourage a large-scale modal shift from the private car to public transport.

“Over the past few decades, modern rapid transit systems like Metro are what Glasgow-comparable cities around the world have been busy building. We cannot continue to be left behind. More than any other single intervention, Clyde Metro can contribute to creating a dynamic, prosperous, inclusive and sustainable urban region, a transport system suited to our position and our international ambitions.

Scotland’s Railway chief executive, Alex Hynes, said: “I am encouraged that today’s report recognizes the major role that rail will play in the sustainable transport of people and goods as we move towards a net zero Scotland. At Scotland’s Railway, we are focused on a number of clearly defined targets to achieve the Scottish Government’s net zero ambitions and have already achieved an overall 38% reduction in carbon emissions over the past eight years.

“Looking forward, the financial situation is of course difficult, but it’s great to see STPR2 supporting the potential of even more rail passengers and freight transported by rail.”

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