National Transport Strategy

Protecting our climate and improving lives.

Our vision is for a sustainable, inclusive, safe and accessible transport system helping deliver a healthier, fairer and more prosperous Scotland for communities, businesses and visitors.


First Annual Delivery Plan – 2020 to 2022

Transport Secretary, Michael Matheson, holding the National Transport Strategy document

The first annual Delivery Plan for Scotland’s National Transport Strategy (NTS2) has been published. The Plan sets out the actions being taken across the Scottish Government to achieve the Strategy’s vision, priorities and outcomes.

It has been published online so that it can remain a live document for 2021-22 given the ongoing uncertainty as a result of COVID-19 and the potential for new or amended actions to tackle the impacts of COVID-19.


Scotland's transport strategy

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NTS2 sets out an ambitious and compelling vision for Scotland’s transport system for the next 20 years. There are four priorities to support that vision:

Read the National Transport Strategy published on 5 February 2020.

A strategy for all of Scotland

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".
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This Strategy is for all of Scotland, recognising the different needs of our cities, towns, remote and rural areas and islands. It considers why we travel and how those trips are made, by including walking, wheeling, cycling, and travelling by bus, train, ferry, car, lorry and aeroplane.

It is a Strategy for all users: those travelling to, from and within Scotland.

Engagement and consultation

The Strategy draws heavily on the latest evidence and was developed through a collaborative approach involving a wide range of partners. An extensive engagement exercise with individuals, businesses and third sector organisations was central to this work.

A consultation on the draft Strategy was carried out, with views invited from across Scotland. The responses played a key role in informing the content of the Strategy. 

The Strategy was laid before the Scottish Parliament on 5 February 2020. This first annual Delivery Plan sets out the actions being taken across the Scottish Government to achieve the Strategy’s vision, priorities and outcomes.

NTS2 Delivery Board

We've established the NTS2 Delivery Board, chaired by the Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity, to bring together senior representatives across the transport sector to be accountable for the successful delivery of NTS2.


 

Board member organisations

  • Michael Matheson MSP, (Chair), Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity
  • Regional Transport Partnerships (Elected Member): Nestrans
  • Regional Transport Partnerships (Lead Officer Member): SPT
  • Society of Local Authority Chief Executives and Senior Managers (SOLACE)
  • Coalition of Scottish Local Authorities (CoSLA)
  • Society of Chief Officers of Transportation in Scotland (SCOTS)
  • Association of Transport Co-ordinating Officers (ATCO)
  • Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland (MACS)
  • Highlands & Islands Enterprise
  • Poverty and Inequality Commission
  • Scottish Environmental Protection Agency (SEPA)
  • Scottish Environment Link nomination: Friends of the Earth Scotland
  • Academia: Institute for Transport Studies
  • Scottish Council for Development and Industry (SCDI):
  • Academia: University of Stirling
  • Public Health Scotland: Matthew Lowther, Head of Place and Equity
  • Scotland's Active Nation Commissioner
  • Active Travel Delivery Partner: Paths for All