Key workers face ‘looming crisis over impending public transport cuts’

NHS and other frontline staff who rely on buses and trains to get to work will be hardest hit by likely cuts to state support that has kept them operating during the Covid pandemic, Scotland’s leading transport academic has warned.

Boris Johnson looks into building tunnel under the Irish Sea

Boris Johnson has signed off on a review to explore the possibility of building a rail tunnel between Scotland and Northern Ireland, despite criticism that the multi-billion pound venture would be impractical.

Motherwell to become a transport hub as Anglo-Scottish rail services are stepped up

The Lanarkshire town of Motherwell is to become a transport hub with rail operator Avanti West Coast boosting services on its Anglo-Scottish route. The change in Avanti West Coast’s timetable will see the cross-border operator serve Motherwell with an additional 96 services per week – the most significant increase in cross-border rail services for the Scottish town in decades.

Glasgow Subway boss ‘disappointed’ by new £4m emergency funding

THE Scottish Government is to provide a further £4 million of emergency funding for Glasgow Subway and Edinburgh Trams in response to the ongoing financial impacts of the Covid-19 pandemic. However, the boss of Strathclyde Transport Partnership (SPT), which runs the Glasgow Subway and other local public transport, has called the package “disappointing” with the organisation facing a deficit which could result in cuts to services.

“We are the forgotten heroes”: Edinburgh taxi drivers plead for help as pandemic takes its toll

Taxi drivers in Edinburgh are pleading for council help as the financial effects of the coronavirus pandemic take their toll.

Scotland set for hydrogen-powered train and rail revolution – BOC

SCOTLAND is on track for hydrogen-powered trains as part of a new rail revolution that is set to see the energy of the future providing green public transport across the country.

Rip-off? – Motorists in Scotland ‘fail to get the full benefit ‘of plunging oil prices

DRIVERS in Scotland being overcharged at the petrol pumps as sellers fail to pass on savings, despite the price of fuel plunging to a four-year low, new analysis has revealed. The price of petrol in Scotland has dropped from £1.20 a litre in March, before the lockdown to £1.05 in May.

Green bus maker reveals plans for Scotland’s first hydrogen fuel production facility

Jo Bamford, the industrialist and JCB heir who is championing hydrogen power, has revealed plans to create a hydrogen fuel production plant in Scotland. He said the production unit will be sited outside Glasgow and it is expected to be operational by November next year when the rescheduled COP26 climate event is due to take place in the city.

New ship for Pentland Ferries begins voyage to Orkney | Press and Journal

A £14 million ship bound for service in the north has set sail from Southeast Asia following more than two years of extensive works. The 280ft MV Alfred, being built for Pentland Ferries, has begun its long voyage to Orkney after setting sail from the Strategic Marine shipyard in Vung Tau in Vietnam on Thursday morning.

CalMac Ferries warns it won’t be able to cope with ‘staycation surge’ amid social distancing

FERRY bosses have warned that if Scotland experiences a surge in staycations this summer as travel restrictions are gradually lifted – a normal summer service “could not be delivered while maintaining two metres physical distancing protocols on board.”

Scotland continues to see ‘significant’ increase in cycling during lockdown | BikeBiz

Parts of Scotland are continuing to see a significant increase in people cycling during lockdown. According to statistics released yesterday by Cycling Scotland, a counter in Denny recorded an increase of 318% in May, with Livingston seeing a 249% uplift, compared to May 2019.Cycling Scotland has a network of automatic cycle counters across the country.

Compulsory 14-day quarantine for arrivals in Scotland begins

Scotland’s Justice Secretary Humza Yousaf yesterday said that Police Scotland would levy the fines for breaches of the travel quarantine rules – which could rise to £5,000 if a person is prosecuted. There will also be a £60 fine if a person fails to provide information to UK Border Force about where they will be staying throughout their visit.

Union urges transport minister to intervene as staff accuse ScotRail bosses of intimidation and overseeing toxic corporate culture – The Sunday Post

Ministers have been urged to intervene after unions representing ScotRail staff accused bosses of bullying behaviour. Politicians and trade union officials have urged Transport Minister Michael Matheson to intervene after workers detailed an allegedly toxic corporate culture at the Dutch company which has lost the contract to run Scotland’s trains.

Islanders’ anger as safety issue brings Scotland’s busiest ferry to a halt

SCOTLAND’S busiest ferry crossing has ground to a halt for safety reasons in a move that could lead to six weeks of disruption over a busy school holiday period. Fifteen sailings between Brodick on the isle of Arran and Ardrossan have been cancelled since Sunday and the first sailings of tomorrow have already been dropped because of a fault with the aging ferry’s mooring equipment.

Scottish Govt to maintain support payments for buses

Figures from Transport Scotland analysts suggest that concessionary bus journeys had dropped by 81% in the last two weeks – with further falls expected in light of the latest government guidance. In a statement, the Scottish Government stressed that operators would receive additional cash matching ‘the difference between actual payments and those previously forecasted levels’.

Motorists driven potty by steering clear of potholes

It comes as Edinburgh City Council revealed nearly 27,000 potholes had been reported across the capital in the last ten months – 2,500 more than the previous year. Unpublished results of a poll by IAM RoadSmart found nine in ten motorists in Scotland and Northern Ireland had been affected by potholes over the last year.

The “shocking” state of Scotland’s lifeline ferries laid bare – nearly half should be retired

SIX vital ferry replacements for lifeline Scottish services due to be in service by last year have failed to materialise – as it emerged almost half the fleet should be retired.

Speed cameras could be installed on AWPR, three years after Transport Scotland said there were ‘no plans’ for devices on bypass | Press and Journal

Speed cameras could be put in place on the Aberdeen Bypass, the Transport Minister has revealed – three years after Transport Scotland said there were “no plans for average speed cameras” on the route.

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