This is a reminder that Transport Scotland have embarked on a review of their National Transport Strategy. There is currently a call for evidence to underpin this work, closing date 14th July.
The questions and suggestions of the type of information we would like to receive can be found at this link: https://www.transport.gov.scot/consultation/national-transport-strategy-call-for-evidence/ and the current NTS can be found here https://www.transport.gov.scot/our-approach/strategy/national-transport-strategy/#37279
Here is a summary of the main transport-policy related questions on which we hope you will be able to submit recent data or evidence reviews:
Economic growth and inclusive growth
What does evidence say about the ways in which transport can best support economic growth and do so in a cost-effective way?
What are the implications of this in terms of inclusive economic growth (economic growth that distributes its benefits fairly across society)?
Transport mode choice and demand
To what degree are travel behaviours such as mode choice (including freight transport) and demand amenable to intervention?
Which policy interventions change behaviours or demand and why?
What does research tell us about the types of interventions that fail to change behaviours, particularly over the long term?
Environmental impact of transport
What does evidence suggest the most effective means of reducing transport’s local (air quality) and global (climate change) emissions are?
How have other countries reduced the environmental impact of transport and to what degree are any such measures also likely to be successful in Scotland?
When are routes to reducing carbon emissions from transport also consistent with tackling air quality issues, and when are they not?
Active travel (e.g. walking and cycling)
What does the evidence suggest are the best ways to achieve improved health outcomes from active travel?
What are the most important constraining factors to the uptake of active travel that can be targeted by policy in the Scottish context?
Safe and resilient* transport
What are the current and emerging risks to the safe operation and resilience of Scotland’s transport network and what does evidence say about the ways in which these risks can be best managed?
What does evidence tell us about what adaptation measures (in response to environmental, or other, changes) may be effective to respond to changing pressures on the network?
What does evidence say the most effective forms of governance and institutional arrangements around transport might be, in order to meet the Scottish Government’s strategic objectives?
Potential changes in society and technology
In the next 20 years, what will be the most significant changes and new technologies influencing the way people live, work and consume that will impact on travel behaviour and demand?
Are there examples of places that have already experienced some of this change and therefore provide evidence on how travel behaviour might change in Scotland?
How can uncertainties about the future be robustly considered in transport strategy development??
Any questions, please contact me directly Jillian Anable ([log in to unmask]) (Chair of the Research and Evidence Group).
Many thanks in advance for your contributions.