Ahead of the Scottish Elections in May, transport charity CoMo has made several suggestions to the political parties involved on how to improve mobility in Scotland.
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More investment has been earmarked for sustainable transport projects by the Scottish Government, which is investing a further £7 million in two projects.
Ian Warr, Director of Engineering at First Bus, discusses hydrogen buses, influencing the national agenda, and the critical role that customers play.
Statistics from Transport Scotland have revealed a decline in the number of journeys being made on some modes even before the pandemic hit.
It’s hoped the mobility hubs will reverse some of the negative effects the COVID-19 pandemic has had on shared and sustainable transport in Scotland.
The more than half a million pounds of funding will help some of Scotland’s most vulnerable benefit from the use of e-bikes.
Scotland’s national transport authority is dishing out £1 million in funding in order to promote MaaS solutions in the country.
A consortium of various stakeholders, including experts in hydrogen fuel cell technology, will work on converting an existing ScotRail train to hydrogen power.
"We should use this moment to embed the shifting attitudes and commuter behaviour which occurred during lockdown to erode the dominance of the private car," explains CoMoUK's Scotland Director.
Additional funding of up to £52.6 million will help operators cover the expected loss of fare-paying passenger revenue until 17 January 2021.
The £3 million in funding from Transport Scotland will aid First's efforts in operating a fully zero emission fleet by 2035.
£7.21 million of the overall total has been provided through the European Regional Development Fund.
The Road Safety Framework to 2030 sets out a long-term vision for road safety - Vision Zero - where there are zero fatalities and injuries on Scotland’s roads by 2050.
The funding aims to support the green recovery from the COVID-19 crisis, whilst improving air quality and supporting the introduction of Low Emission Zones in Scotland’s four biggest cities.