Scottish Transport Secretary announces flat fare bus trial

A flat fare for bus trips is to be trialled in Scotland following a review of the cost of public transport triggered by the SNP’s power-sharing deal with the Scottish Greens, reports The Scotsman. It also recommended under 22s would get free inter-island foot passengers travel in the Western Isles, Orkney and Shetland, and 18 to 21-year-old islanders […]

“Things can happen” – A9 dualling not guaranteed

Fiona Hyslop, Scotland’s newly appointed transport secretary, has refused to guarantee that the A9 will definitely be dualled by 2035, in an admission that critics said would leave affected communities “utterly dismayed”. Last year the Scottish Government was forced to admit its original plan to dual the A9 between Perth and Inverness by 2025 would not be met, and […]

Scotland’s new transport secretary commits to A9 dualling

Scotland’s new Transport Secretary has told a newspaper in Inverness that she wants to give the dualling of the A9 “the focus it deserves” as she laid out detailed plans for the project. The Press and Journal reports that Fiona Hyslop chose Inverness as the location of her first official engagement since being appointed to […]

Transport becomes cabinet post in Scotland

Scotland’s First Minister has elevated transport minister Fiona Hyslop to a full cabinet member, as the previous cabinet minister for the sector, Mairi McAllan concentrates on Wellbeing Economy, Net Zero and Energy. The reshuffle took place after the resignations of Elena Whithamin and Michael Matheson from the cabinet last week. Ms Whithamin stepped down for […]

Scottish road casualties up 10% year-on-year

New figures show there were 5,621 road casualties reported across Scotland in 2022, which is 506, or ten per cent higher than 2021, although down 51% compared to 2013. Analysts suggest the increase in casualties in 2022 may be linked to the higher levels of traffic seen in 2022 compared with 2021. The Department for […]

Scotland names new transport team as remit returns to cabinet

Scotland’s Transport portfolio is being restored as a Cabinet position as First Minister Humza Yousaf changed Màiri McAllan’s Cabinet Secretary remit to ‘Transport, Net Zero and Just Transition’. Alongside this change, former Cabinet Secretary Fiona Hyslop re-joins government as the new Minister for Transport. Ms Hyslop has previously held multiple ministerial roles, including responsibility for […]

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