The new National Transport Strategy for Scotland has been presented to Parliament.
Its aim is to protect the climate and improve lives over the next two decades, and in a speech to MSPs, Michael Matheson, Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity, outlined the importance of transport in the delivery of reducing inequalities and taking climate action, while also delivering economic growth and improved wellbeing.
The National Transport Strategy has previously been published, described as a “step-change” in the country’s approach to transport.
It has since been refreshed, in no small part due to collaboration that has seen more than 60 organisations and 6,500 people make a contribution.
Last year alone, there were 1,200 responses to the consultation.
The Strategy acknowledges the need to make technological changes to ultra-low emission vehicles, changing the behaviour of people using the road network so that they gravitate towards public transport or active travel modes, as well as the need to reduce the demand for unsustainable transport.
The four key aims of reducing inequality, taking climate action, delivering inclusive economic growth, and improving health and wellbeing are all outlined in the Strategy.
In order to reduce inequality, Transport Scotland aims to provide fair access to necessary services, make them easy and affordable for all; taking climate action will involve delivering to achieve the net-zero target, adapting to the effects of climate change, and promoting greener, cleaner choices.
To deliver inclusive economic growth, Transport Scotland have pledged to get people and goods where they need to get to, make this reliable, efficient and high quality, and use beneficial innovation.
For health and wellbeing, transport will be safe and secure for all, people will be encouraged to make healthy travel choices.
Mr Matheson commented: “The National Transport Strategy is for the whole of Scotland recognising the different needs of our cities, towns, remote and rural areas and islands.
“Our shared vision is for a sustainable, inclusive, safe and accessible transport system, helping to deliver a healthier, fairer and more prosperous Scotland for communities, businesses and visitors.”