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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-13534: Mark Ruskell (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 19 December 2017

To ask the Scottish Government which transport strategies are predicated on increasing levels of motor vehicle traffic, broken down by local authority area.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 3 January 2018

The existing National Transport Strategy (NTS) was published in 2006 and set out a 20 year vision to 2026 and strategic framework setting out our priorities for transport in Scotland. A Refresh of the National Transport Strategy was undertaken and published in January 2016, keeping the overall NTS framework and updating the strategic context whilst also recommending fuller, collaborative Review of the NTS. The full Review of the NTS is underway building on the earlier work. Both the existing 2006 National Transport Strategy and on-going Review are not predicated on any one source of evidence but are informed by a range of available evidence. This includes a call for evidence issued to support the work of the Review: https://www.transport.gov.scot/consultation/national-transport-strategy-call-for-evidence/.

The Transport (Scotland) Act 2005 placed a duty of each Regional Transport Partnership to develop a regional transport strategy (RTS) for their area. The RTS should have regard to the needs of the region and take account of and guidance given to it by the Scottish Ministers such as the National Transport Strategy.

The Transport (Scotland) Act 2001 enables local authorities to prepare local transport strategies. Local transport strategies are a way in which local authorities can have regard to the statutory RTS and are able to detail how they intend to deliver on national objectives at a local level, and provide an action plan for meeting local challenges and objectives.