The RSE has responded to a consultation by Scottish Government on the new draft National Transport Strategy.
The response emphasises the importance of data and innovation in the development of a smart, effective transport system. It also recommends that the Strategy adopt a more refined policy focus and make clear how it will support related policies such as the Climate Change Plan in achieving common objectives, such as improving urban air quality. In terms of implementation, the Society believes Scottish Government should strive to build effective partnerships with industry and the voluntary sector while also considering whether Scotland’s present system of transport governance can deliver the integrated aims of the Strategy. In the short term, there are numerous cost effective ‘quick wins’ that could be pursued to benefit the affordability, efficiency, reliability, accessibility, and digital connectivity of transport services in Scotland.