Going Places: Sustainable Transport in Scotland

Transport policy in Scotland is at a crossroads.

The National Transport Strategy is under long-term review, a new Transport Bill is due and upcoming Climate Change and Planning Bills as well as transformative City Deals are likely to have a significant impact on the future shape of Scotland’s transport system. 

The context

There is an urgent need moving forward to prioritise sustainable transport and increase the uptake of walking, cycling and public transport to meet Scotland's travel needs.

This is vital to deliver benefits for local economies, communities, the environment and public health and wellbeing. Failure to act will only increase the challenges ahead including tackling problematic levels of air pollution, congestion and shifting towards a low-carbon economy. 

The event

Join us on the 13th of September for an up-to-date briefing on the latest policy and practice surrounding sustainable transport. We will examine what more can be done to deliver socially, economically and environmentally sound transport across Scotland and share case studies of good practice that your organisation can learn from. 

In partnership with

Key issues to be addressed

  • Current and future policy priorities for sustainable transport in Scotland in the context of the review of NTS
  • The benefits that sustainable transport can deliver to economy, environment and communities and opportunities to deliver joined-up initiatives
  • Behavioural change and engaging with different groups to encourage uptake of sustainable modes of transport
  • Existing good practice and learning from examples of sustainable transport initiatives 


09:00   Registration and Refreshments 

09:45   Welcome and Introduction from the Chair 

Phil Matthews, Chair, Transform Scotland

09:55 Session 1: Policy Context and Overview  

10:00  Policy and Priorities for Sustainable Transport in Scotland

Archie Stoddart, Head of Sustainable Transport Unit, Transport Scotland 

10:20  A Moving Landscape 

  • The review of the National Transport Strategy and the latest developments impacting sustainable transport 
  • Linking Transport, Planning, Public Health, Environment and Climate Change

Professor Jillian Anable, Chair of the Research and Evidence Group, Review of the National Transport Strategy & Professor, University of Leeds

10:50   Questions and Discussion

11:10   Refreshments and Networking

11:30  Session 2: Sustainable Transport: Economy, Environment and Communities

In this panel discussion we explore cross-cutting themes surrounding the relationship between sustainable transport and economy, health and wellbeing, congestion and environment, planning and communities. How can organisations deliver improvements in their area through sustainable transport?

Key issues to be covered include:

  • The role of sustainable transport for delivering improvements quality of life and for improving community health and wellbeing
  • Addressing issues around behaviour change and understanding different approaches whether individual or structural to increasing the use of sustainable transport
  • Communicating the benefits of sustainable transport to the community and engaging hard to reach groups
  • Building a coordinated approach and integrating environment, planning and transport strategies 

Bruce Whyte, Public Health Programme Manager, Glasgow Centre for Population Health 

Kate Houghton MRTPI, Policy and Practice Officer, Royal Town Planning Institute Scotland

Joanne Boyle, Sustainable and Active Travel Team Leader, Transport Scotland

Peter Mogridge, Transport Policy and Projects Officer, Shetland Islands Council 

12:45   Networking Lunch

13:30   Session 3: Good Practice Case Studies

Successful sustainable transport initiatives: what does good practice look like?

13:35   Case Study: What Can Organisations Do to Improve Sustainable Transport and Travel

  • Our Sustainable Travel Plan 2016-2020
  • The environmental, financial, health and wellbeing benefits
  • Aligning the plan with the National Transport Strategy and Edinburgh City 2030 Transport vision
  • Key progress so far including lessons learned and challenges faced
  • Monitoring our performance against key transport and travel sustainability indicators

Victoria Barby, Environment Performance Manager, The Scottish Parliament

14:00   RTP Case Study: Joining the Dots with Tripshare SEStran

  • ​Our key priorities
  • SEStran travel planning tools
  • Tripshare SEStran and the benefits of sharing
  • SEStran's social car project
  • The development of a multi-modal app

​​​Lisa Freeman, Strategy and Projects Officer, SEStran

14:15   Improving Infrastructure for Sustainable Transport 

  • Learning lessons from delivering London's cycling vision

Richard Ambler, Delivery Manager​, Sustrans London

14:30   Questions and Discussion

15:00   Close of Event 

*Agenda subject to change


NASUWT, 35 Young Street North Lane, Edinburgh, EH2 4JD 


Delegate rates (excluding VAT)

  • Discounted rate: £145 (Voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income of less than £1m)
  • Reduced rate: 1 place £245 | 2+ places £195 (Central government departments and agencies, local authorities, universities, colleges, NHS, police, professional associations and voluntary / charitable organisations with an annual income over £1m)
  • Full rate: 1 place £295 | 2+ places £245 (Commercial organisations e.g. plc, Ltd, LLP)
13 September 2017



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