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Public to have their say on transport strategy

Wednesday July 31st, 2019

A new National Transport Strategy (NTS2) for Scotland has been published for public consultation marking a step-change in the approach to transport for the next twenty years.Government Opportunities

The Strategy, which aims to protect our climate and improves lives, details how the transport system will deliver better outcomes for citizens and businesses by promoting equality, taking climate action, helping our economy prosper and improving our health and well-being.

It redefines investment priorities and introduces more accountability with proposals for Citizens’ Panels and a new delivery board.

The commitment to sustainability was reinforced with Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity Michael Matheson announcing that five new active travel projects have been given the go ahead through the Places for Everyone fund which is managed by walking and cycling charity Sustrans Scotland. This will see almost £60 million being invested in this new infrastructure in Perth, Edinburgh, Glasgow and Arbroath over the next five years.

Speaking in Perth, Mr Matheson said:

“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.

“I would like to congratulate all of those awarded funding through Places for Everyone and look forward to the new infrastructure being put in place across the country. It has been great to see the young people in Perth today designing their own walking and cycling facilities for the future with the Sustrans street kit.

“We all have a stake in our transport system as we choose how we want to travel. I would encourage everyone with an interest to consider the new Strategy and to join the conversation. The consultation is available online and we will also be coming out to communities across rural, island and urban locations during the next twelve weeks where it would be great to hear as many views as possible.”

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