Date lodged: 24 August 2016
To ask the Scottish Government what plans it has to improve the integration between active and public transport.
Answered by: Humza Yousaf 21 September 2016
Interconnectivity of rail passenger services with other transport modes, including active travel, is key to encouraging people to travel by train. ScotRail are progressing with their ambitious programme to deliver an additional 3,500 cycle spaces across the network by spring 2018, and have installed Bike and Go facilities at ten locations across Scotland. Additionally ScotRail continue to engage with local authorities and expert sustainable travel organisations to improve walking and cycling routes to stations.
The next Clyde and Hebrides Ferry Services Contract, due to commence on 1 October 2016 for a period of eight years, was awarded to CalMac Ferries Limited and was formally signed on 22 August 2016. As part of their contractual obligations the operator will endeavour to provide improved customer service and transport integration. Calmac have also committed to a Transport Integration Manager who will specifically engage with all transport modes to ensure, where possible, better customer connections.
The regional transport partnerships and local authorities continue to work in partnership with wider delivery bodies and fund programmes of work to improve uptake and integration of public transport with other modes. For example, the roll out of real time passenger information, funding of active travel paths between trip attractors and public transport, bikes on buses projects, and installation of bike shelters and bike parking at train stations. Behaviour change projects including promotion of active and public transport are funded through the Smarter Choices, Smarter Places programme.