Scottish integrated transport plan launched

Minister outlines draft law aiming at improved air quality, reduced congestion

Scottish transport minister Sarah Boyack this week launched a draft transport law designed to improve air quality and reduce congestion in Scotland. As with a similar law for England and Wales currently being debated in the London parliament, the draft law focuses on better public transport, and greater powers for local authorities to tackle congestion. It also stresses the need to spend more on trunk road maintenance and improvement.

Under the provisions unveiled by Ms Boyack, public transport would receive an extra UK£110m (euros 109m) per year and bus travel would receive support through partnerships between local authorities and bus operators. Other new powers for local authorities would include local congestion charging schemes for driving within or into urban centres, and a workplace parking levy for owners of private company car parks.

Scotland's trunk road network would receive more than UK£560m over the next three years with five new roads planned. The proposals include a pledge to recycle all revenues from transport charges back into public transport schemes.

Follow Up:
Scottish Executive, tel: +44 131 556 8400 and proposals for an integrated transport bill.

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