Rail Freight Group’s David Spaven was on BBC Radio Scotland’s ‘Good Morning Scotland’ show this morning speaking about the need for capacity enhancements on the Highland Main Line. Here’s the link: https://www.bbc.co.uk/sounds/play/m000249f — from 42 minutes in, for around 4˝ minutes.
Transform Scotland welcomes today’s introduction of the first ‘Inter7City’ high-speed trains. ScotRail announced today that the first of the refurbished trains will enter services on the Aberdeen-Edinburgh route on Monday 15 October.  Rail spokesperson Paul Tetlaw said: “We’re delighted to see the first of the fully refurbished ScotRail HST trains about to enter service. […]
Richard Ardern writes in today’s The Herald newspaper: The High Speed Trains which are to be introduced on the inter-city routes north from Glasgow and Edinburgh will give passengers more carriages and a much more comfortable ride. Although capable of 125 mph, the permitted track speeds will limit them to 100mph. As you reported (“Passengers […]
Transform Scotland chair Phil Matthews presented to this evening’s Royal Scottish Geographical Society meeting on rail, alongside ScotRail Alliance managing director Alex Hynes. Phil’s presentation is available for download.
NEWS RELEASEMonday 6 August 2018 Campaigners attack ‘broken promises’ on Highland Main Line rail upgrade The Scottish Government has failed to deliver on a promise made 10 years ago by the then First Minister to slash train journey times from Inverness to Edinburgh and Glasgow, say rail campaigners. To mark the 10th anniversary of the […]
Responding to press reports of an upgrade to Perth Station to benefit first class Calendonian Sleeper passengers, Transform Scotland rail campaigner Paul Tetlaw said: “The proposals by Caledonian Sleeper to upgrade parts of Perth station are to be welcomed but it would be useful to know how this fits into an overall masterplan for the […]
Reflecting on the recent loss of rail-borne oil traffic from Grangemouth to Lairg and Fort William to road haulage, David Spaven, the Rail Freight Group’s Scottish Representative comments: “While the volume of oil traffic moving by rail to Fort William and Lairg was relatively modest by modern trainload standards, the loss of traffic to road […]
Commenting on the Scottish Government transport minister Humza Yousaf MSP’s announcement that average speed cameras will be installed on the A90 between Dundee and Stonehaven, Transform Scotland’s rail campaigner Paul Tetlaw commented: “All measures to improve road safety are to be welcomed – all road users benefit whether they are in a private car, a […]
Commenting on Transport Scotland’s announcement of a dedicated team to look at options for rail capacity improvements between Aberdeen and Dundee, David Spaven, the Scottish representative of the Rail Freight Group said: “The new team is welcome, but the proof of its value will be in the quality and timescale of delivery of transformative rail […]
Transform Scotland NEWS RELEASE Wednesday 1 March 2017 GOVERNMENT URGED TO RECONNECT COMMUNITIES ACROSS SCOTLAND: Transform Scotland sets out its response to Government rail consultation Transform Scotland  has today urged the Scottish Government to investigate the reopening of former rail routes across Scotland to reconnect communities with the rest of the country. The recommendation […]