Scotland to consider integrated ticketing for public transport

The Scottish Government is considering introducing a TfL-style ticket system for public transport across the country. Energy Secretary Mairi McAllan said this would be explored as part of a new strategy to reduce car journeys by 20%, as she confirmed reports that the Government was cancelling a key climate target. She told MSPs the Government was […]

Campaigners accuse ministers of leaving Scottish roads “to rot” after research shows that spending falls significantly in the last six years

Campaigners in Scotland have accused Ministers of leaving roads to ‘rot’ over the last six years due to lack of investment. The Times reports that the drop has coincided with the electoral pacts between SNP governments and the Scottish Greens. Opposition parties have called for the first minister Humza Yousaf’s administration to sever ties with the […]

Scottish transport minister apologises for A9 upgrade delays

Scotland’s transport minister Jenny Gilruth has apologised for her Government’s failure to realise its promise to dual the A9 by its 2025 deadline. In an exclusive interview with Highland News & Media, Ms Gilruth said: “I recognise the frustration here and I do apologise to the communities in the north of Scotland, it should have […]

Support sought for Elgin bypass

A Council in the Scottish Highlands is being asked to give its backing for a bypass around the town of Elgin, amid concerns about a commitment to road improvements in the area. Councillors in Moray are raising concerns with the Scottish Government over slow progress on dualling the A96. The Press and Journal newspaper reports […]

Scottish Government urged to “push accelerator” on stalled A9 dualling work

A former Scottish government minister says the £3 billion A9 upgrade must speed up after fresh doubts emerged over funding for the delayed project. The Press and Journal newspaper reports veteran SNP politician Fergus Ewing raised concerns about progress on the Perth-Inverness route and urged party colleagues to deliver the promise to upgrade the road. […]

Edinburgh in line for congestion charge

Drivers will be charged to enter Edinburgh and there will be a workplace parking levy on some of the biggest companies in Scotland’s capital if the Scottish National Party is re-elected to run Edinburgh City Council next month. The Herald reports that in a key local election pledge, the party wants to charge commuting drivers […]

MP warns over Scottish road building after SNP-Green deal

A Scottish MP is warning that the new deal between the ruling SNP and partners the Greens will affect road building in Scotland because he fears it will “not be as benign as the SNP is currently spinning”. Kenny MacAskill, who quit the SNP for the rival nationalist Alba party earlier in the year, has […]

Scottish parties promise 10% spending on active travel

Douglas Ross, leader of the Scottish Conservatives has promised a cycle network designed for communting, for every city in Scotland by the end of the next parliamentary term, if it gets intopower. Mr Ross said that 10% of the transport budget should be spent on active travel, in part down to the recognition of changes […]

SNP to debate free public transport for all

Scotland’s ruling Scottish National Party is planning to discuss introducing free-at-the-point-of-use public transport across the country. The pro-independence paper The National has seen the final list of debates for the conference on 28-30 November which includes a debate on the transport idea as part of a wider discussion about green ideas. “Conference… believes that the […]


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