Accelerating economic recovery and laying the groundwork for an inclusive, greener transport network will be at the heart of future transport investment in Scotland, according to Transport Scotland.
Highways-news.com reports that this will be kick-started by the second Strategic Transport Projects Review (STPR2) which will help to deliver the vision, priorities and outcomes for transport set out in the National Transport Strategy (NTS2). Phase One has been published which, together with conclusion of Phase Two in autumn this year, will set out Scottish Government’s investment priorities for the next 20 years.
Phase One recommendations for national investment priorities in the short-term include; supporting smart and sustainable travel across Scotland, with development of active freeways and expansion of 20mph zones, improving public transport, with reallocation of road space for buses and improved accessibility at train stations, supporting the transition to low carbon transport, with investment in alternative fuels and progression of decarbonisation of rail and enabling larger loads to be carried by our railway network, encouraging freight to shift from road to rail transport.
Other recommendations include the rationale for investment in Glasgow Metro – a new mass transit system of Scotland’s largest urban area, improved resilience of the trunk road network at the A83 Rest and Be Thankful.