The Scottish Government has published its National Transport Strategy (NTS2) for consultation, which has been described as a “step-change” in the country’s approach to transport over the next 20 years.
NTS2 is part of the country’s approach to protecting the climate, reducing emissions as part of Scotland’s overall plans – some of the country’s biggest cities are committing to net-zero emissions; this will include the output in the transport industry.
The Transport Strategy was developed alongside more than 60 partner organisations around Scotland; the transport sector’s role in delivering net-zero emissions by 2045 is Transport Scotland’s top priority, as well as how transport can build a fairer society.
The general public can have their say on how NTS2 redefines investment priorities, putting public and sustainable transport at the heart of decision making.
Michael Matheson, Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity, has announced the go ahead for five active travel projects, with a fund managed by walking and cycling charity Sustrans Scotland.
Overall, approximately £60 million has been invested into the new infrastructure projects and over the next five years, two projects in Glasgow, one in Perth, Arbroath and Edinburgh will benefit.
Mr Matheson commented: “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.”
A member of the National Strategy Review Board, Jillian Anable, added: “The strategy is the result of rigorous evidence review, consultation and assessment of Scotland’s needs now and into the future.”