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Regional Transport Partnerships

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Overview

The role of Regional Transport Partnerships (RTPs) is to strengthen the planning and delivery of regional transport developments.

The first task of each RTP was to prepare a regional transport strategy. This is supported by a delivery plan where RTPs set out when and how projects and proposals would be delivered.

Some RTPs are also responsible for the delivery of transport services. In particular Strathclyde Partnership for Transport owns and operates the Glasgow subway and major bus stations across the west of Scotland.

The seven RTPs are:

What is a Regional Transport Partnership?

Regional transport partnerships (RTPs) were established on 1 December 2005 to strengthen the planning and delivery of regional transport so that it better serves the needs of people and businesses.

The first task of each RTP was to prepare a regional transport strategy. This is supported by a delivery plan where RTPs set out when and how projects and proposals would be delivered.

RTPs bring together local authorities and other key regional stakeholders to take a strategic approach to transport in each region of Scotland.

RTPs are independent bodies corporate defined in the Transport (Scotland) Act 2005. That legislation bases them on the local government model but they are not local authorities and they are not NDPBs. RTPs are like joint boards, bringing councils together to perform local government functions collectively and strategically over a larger area.

All local authorities in Scotland are members of regional transport partnerships. Councillors make up around two-thirds of the membership. There can be up to a maximum of 5 councillor members from each constituent council but no more than 20 councillor members in total. The RTPs can also appoint Advisers/Observers. Around a third of members of RTPs are non-councillor members who fulfil a role similar to that of Non-Executive Directors.

Transport Scotland works to ensure close liaison with the RTPs and local authorities to ensure that transport policy in Scotland is properly co-ordinated.

Working Group Report

The Scottish Government, Regional Transport Partnerships and COSLA produced a joint Working Group Report in August 2015.  

Related legislation

Legislation relevant to Regional Transport Partnerships:

Scottish Government publications

RTP contacts

Contact info for Regional Transport Partnerships
RTP Chief Officer and Address Telephone Constituent Council(s)
Shetland Michael Craigie,
ZetTrans TP
Infrastructure Services,
11 Hill Lane,
Lerwick,
Shetland,
ZE1 0HA
01595 744868 Shetland Islands
Highlands and Islands Ranald Robertson
HITRANS,
Rear Section,
Second Floor,
7 Ardross Terrace,
Inverness,
IV3 5NQ
01667 460464 Argyll & Bute*
Eilean Siar**
Highland
Moray
Orkney Islands
North-East Derick Murray,
NESTRANS,
27-29 King Street,
Aberdeen,
AB24 5AA.
01224 625524
(Fax. 01224 626596)
Aberdeen City
Aberdeenshire
Tayside and Central Eric Guthrie,
TACTRAN,
Bordeaux House,
31 Kinnoull Street,
Perth,
PH1 5EN.
01738 475 771 Angus
Dundee City
Perth and Kinross
Stirling
South-East George Eckton,
SESTRAN
3D Bridge
Victoria Quay
Edinburgh
EH6 6QQ
0131 524 5150 Borders
Clackmannanshire
East Lothian
Edinburgh City
Falkirk
Fife
Midlothian
West Lothian
Strathclyde Gordon Maclennan
SPT,
131 St Vincent Street
Glasgow
G2 5JF
0141 333 3100 Argyll & Bute*
East Ayrshire
East Dunbartonshire
East Renfrewshire
Glasgow City
Inverclyde
North Ayrshire
North Lanarkshire
Renfrewshire
South Ayrshire
South Lanarkshire
West Dunbartonshire
South-West

Douglas Kirkpatrick
Swestrans,
Militia House,
English Street
Dumfries and Galloway Council,
Dumfries,
DG1 2HR.

01387 260 136

Dumfries and Galloway

* Argyll and Bute is divided between Highlands and Islands (all except Helensburgh and Lomond) and Strathclyde (Helensburgh and Lomond only)

** Western Isles

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