The National Transport Strategy (NTS) was refreshed in 2016 and this exercise recommended a fuller, collaborative review of the NTS in the next Scottish Parliamentary term. The Minister for Transport and the Islands, Humza Yousaf MSP, subsequently announced a full review of the NTS on August 2016.
The review of the NTS will set out an updated vision for what kind of transport system we want for the whole of Scotland over the next 20 years or so and how we plan to get there. It will look at how we can successfully address the strategic challenges facing our transport system and how we can take advantage of any opportunities that present themselves. It will also inform the review of the Strategic Transport Project Review (STPR2) by providing a clearly defined set of strategic transport objectives.
Transport Scotland is committed to delivering a collaborative review of the NTS, by giving stakeholders and communities across Scotland a greater say in influencing the development of transport policy at a local, regional and national level. This collaborative approach will extend to the NTS Review’s working groups, where Transport Scotland officials and our partners will work together to address the key challenges and topics.
We are committed to aligning NTS2 with the emerging policy and legislative landscape in Scotland including the outcomes from the independent planning review, Climate Change Plan, local government review, Enterprise and Skills review, City and Region Growth Deals and the Transport Bill.
In December 2016, we published an online survey to gather your early views on what should be the key themes considered by the NTS Review. The survey has now closed and we would like to thank all those individuals and organisations that took the time to respond. We will now analyse those responses and use the results of this analysis to help shape the next stages of the NTS Review.
In addition, the NTS Review Research and Evidence Working Group has issued a ‘Call for Evidence’. This call is to gather research evidence on several key topic areas to inform the review and also to highlight where there are gaps, conflicts and uncertainties in the existing evidence base. You can find out more and participate by downloading the Call for Evidence publication. The Call for Evidence will remain open for responses until 14 July 2017.
We plan to build on these early activities with a wider programme of in-depth engagement as we review the NTS, including stakeholder events and online/digital channels, culminating with a formal public consultation.
If you wish to submit any thoughts in the meantime you can contact the NTS Review Team at: NTSreview@transport.gov.scot