The National Transport Strategy (NTS) sets the long term vision for our transport policies. It was first published in 2006 after the Scottish Government consulted the public, interested individuals and a wide range of organisations on their views for the future of transport in Scotland.
A refresh in 2016 recommended that a full and collaborative review of the NTS should take place during the fifth session of the Scottish Parliament (from May 2016). The Minister for Transport and the Islands, Humza Yousaf MSP, subsequently announced a full review of the NTS in August 2016.
Purpose of National Transport Strategy
Under Scotland's Economic Strategy, the Scottish Government's overall purpose is to increase sustainable economic growth. A safe, efficient, effective and sustainable transport system, for both passengers and freight, remains one of the key enablers of such sustainable economic growth. It supports businesses in achieving their local, national and international objectives and improves the lives of individuals and communities by connecting them with their economic future.
The National Transport Strategy provides the framework for enhancing our transport system, in response to the main transport challenges that Scotland faces, which in turn contributes to improvement in our economic, environmental and social performance. The current National Transport Strategy sets out three Key Strategic Outcomes to be used as the guiding principles at national, regional and local level when developing strategy and prioritising resources.
- Improved journey times and connections, to tackle congestion and lack of integration and connections in transport
- Reduced emissions, to tackle climate change, air quality, health improvement
- Improved quality, accessibility and affordability, to give choice of public transport, better quality services and value for money or alternative to car.
These outcomes feed directly into five Strategic Objectives, providing a basis on which to develop policies, decide how to invest resources to maximum effect, and measure the effect of our work.
Progress to date