Transport Scotland published its National Transport Strategy on 5 February, which sets out a vision for Scotland’s transport system for the next 20 years. The strategy is aiming to reduce inequalities, acknowledge climate action, deliver inclusive economic growth and improve health and wellbeing.
The plan supports advances in technology and new innovations to ensure improvements in engine efficiencies that will help increase the uptake of ultra-low emissions vehicles. It does not necessarily condone a total switch to ultra-low emitting cars, however, as this will continue to generate congestion. The strategy proposes a transition to space-efficient and sustainable vehicles such as public or shared transport.
The strategy also explains that vehicle electrification is not constrained to cars, and that there are developments in electric and hybrid aircraft being progressed. Moreover, there is potential for all-electric ferries on shorter routes with smaller vessels. But for the longer routes, with larger and heavier vessels, and higher energy requirements, other options “will need to be explored”.
Introducing the Strategy, Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity Michael Matheson said: “This Strategy advocates a vision for Scotland’s transport system that will help create great places – a sustainable, inclusive, safe and accessible transport system, helping deliver a healthier, fairer and more prosperous Scotland for communities, businesses and visitors”.