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 all over Scotland.

Reallocating road space away from cars to be stepped up – Nicola Sturgeon

Temporary new cycle lanes could become permanent. Picture: The Scotsman. A big push to develop hydrogen-powered vehicles to cut emissions was also unveiled as part of the Scottish Government’s plans for the year ahead. The Programme for Government (PFG) will see spending on walking and cycling of £500 million over the next five years.

Lockdown saw Scotland’s streets transformed, but the effect is likely temporary

The tragic news that a train had been derailed in Aberdeenshire emerged early on 12 August, with initial uncertainty giving way to the realisation that three people had lost their lives, with six others rushed to hospital. The accident, which took place on the 06:38 Aberdeen to Glasgow Queen Street service, occurred after heavy rains brought by storms across Scotland.

Call for three-lane M8 to ‘power up’ Scotland

The Scottish Conservative leader has called for “massive” investment in transport infrastructure including widening the M8 to three lanes. Douglas Ross said the country had been economically divided for too long and that big projects would bring people “closer together”. He told BBC Scotland his “power up Scotland” plan would focus on getting the unemployed back into work.

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

Passengers arriving at airports including Edinburgh will be subject to the new restrictions 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.

No end in sight for Scotland’s bridge of sighs

The new bridge over the Forth suffered a further months-long setback before work was halted by Covid-19, a freedom of information response to Scotland on Sunday has revealed. It raises the prospect of the structure remaining unfinished when it reaches its third anniversary in August.

‘A lot of companies won’t make it out of this’ – Crisis-hit coach firms demand emergency aid to save thousands of jobs – The Courier

Scotland’s coach tourism industry is on the verge of collapse, bosses have warned. Crisis-hit companies facing a bleak summer are demanding emergency financial aid to rescue the sector and avoid widespread job losses. Trade body Confederation of Passenger Transport (CPT) wants the Scottish Government to provide “concrete measures of assistance” to secure the future of the industry, which provides work for 4,000 people around the country.

‘Pop-up’ cycle lanes and widened pavements for Edinburgh and Glasgow

More cycle lanes are planned to accommodate social distancing and more people cycling. Copyright: Other 3rd Party Edinburgh and Glasgow city councils have confirmed they are discussing the innovations with the Scottish Government’s Transport Scotland agency and cycle and footpath developers Sustrans.

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

Nine in ten motorists in Scotland and Northern Ireland have been affected by potholes over the last year. Picture: Jon Savage Copyright: JON SAVAGE 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.

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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