The second Strategic Transport Projects Review (STPR2) will inform the Scottish Government’s transport investment programme in Scotland over the next 20 years (2022-2024) and will help to deliver the vision, priorities and outcomes for transport set out in the National Transport Strategy (NTS2). It will align with other national plans such as the Infrastructure Investment Plan, National Planning Framework (NPF4), Climate Change Plan and the National Strategy for Economic Transformation.
Our National Transport Strategy outlines four priorities for our transport system: that it reduces inequalities; takes climate action; helps deliver inclusive economic growth; and improves our health and wellbeing.
STPR2 is a Scotland-wide evidence based review, which follows the Scottish Transport Appraisal Guidance (STAG), of the strategic transport network across all transport modes, including walking, wheeling, cycling, bus, rail and car, as well as reviewing wider island and rural connectivity.
It will set out how the recommended investments will contribute to Net Zero, Inclusive Growth and our vision for a sustainable, inclusive, safe and accessible transport system helping deliver a healthier, fairer and more prosperous Scotland for communities, businesses and visitors.
At the core of STPR2 is the Sustainable Investment Hierarchy. We will aim first to reduce the need to travel unsustainably, make better use of and enhance existing infrastructure, before investing in new capacity. This hierarchy is also central to the Infrastructure Investment Plan.
The outcomes from STPR2 will:
- help make Scotland more accessible for residents, visitors and businesses
- create better connectivity with sustainable, smart and cleaner transport options
- highlight the vital contribution that transport investment can play in enabling and sustaining Scotland’s economic growth.
A number of equality and environmental statutory impact assessments will be undertaken in parallel with STPR2 covering:
It will report in two phases. Phase 1, published in February 2021 to align with the Capital Spending Review and Infrastructure Investment Plan, makes recommendations on transport interventions for investment in the short term, as the world deals with the COVID-19 pandemic and the Scottish Government plans for a green recovery. The recommendations will ‘lock in’ the sustainable travel choices observed over the past year and provide a step change in investment which supports the priorities and outcomes of NTS2. To complete the review, Phase 2 recommendations will be published by the end of 2021 for formal consultation. The results of this will inform the final report and make recommendations to Ministers for future investment priorities over the longer term, 2022-2024.
STPR2 Story Map
As part of the STPR2 project an interactive STPR2 story mapping feature has been created to help you review the latest information and data which has informed the STPR2 process:
View the story mapping feature on the STPR2 Project pages
Frequently asked questions on STPR2
On 3 February 2021 we published Phase 1 recommendations and associated impact assessment progress reports. These are the first STPR2 recommendations for transport investment, focussing on recommendations for transport projects or interventions that significantly contribute to STPR2 objectives, align well with NTS2 priorities, and can be progressed or delivered within the current spending period and will help support a green recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
An updated national Case for Change contained in the STPR2: Update and Phase 1 Recommendations Report was also published. This includes the options groupings that will be taken forward for further appraisal in Phase 2 of STPR2.
Updated Case for Change reports have also been published for STPR2 regions.
Currently the options groupings are being taken through a robust appraisal process, which considers the Sustainable Investment Hierarchy and deliverability, whilst maintaining clear links to the NTS2, aligning the NTS outcomes with the STPR2 Transport Planning Objectives.
We also need to consider Value for Money (VfM) based on performance against the STPR2 objectives and the five Scottish Transport Appraisal Guidance Criteria. This also takes into account risks, uncertainties and other factors such as affordability, deliverability and the wider acceptability of options.
A green recovery from COVID-19 will set us on a trajectory to delivering a fair and just transition to Net Zero. The COVID-19 pandemic has led to fundamental shifts in travel behaviours. We want to ensure people continue to make sustainable travel choices seen during the pandemic, that people return to public transport use and our economic recovery does not overly rely on road-based travel.
At the same time we remain focused on our longer term goals of making Scotland more accessible for residents, visitors and businesses; improving connectivity and highlighting the vital contribution that transport investment can play in enabling and sustaining Scotland’s economic growth.