STPR2 is a Scotland-wide review 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's being undertaken in line with the Scottish Transport Appraisal Guidance (STAG) to provide an evidence based appraisal of different transport options.
The review will embed the Sustainable Travel Hierarchy, set out in the National Transport Strategy 2 (NTS2), This promotes walking, wheeling, cycling, public transport and shared transport options in preference to individual use of a private car.
Options will not solely consider new infrastructure but will be taken forward using the Sustainable Investment Hierarchy also set out in NTS2. This looks at how best to reduce the need for travel by unsustainable modes, how to better maintain and safely operate existing assets and make best use of existing capacity before considering whether any new, targeted infrastructure needs to be built.
STPR2 is embedded in a wider policy context, which is very different to when the first STPR was undertaken 10 years ago. In addition to NTS2, which sets the strategic vision and outcomes for transport over the next 20 years, STPR2 will also consider other parallel policies and related programmes and commitments including:
Regional Transport Strategies (RTSs) developed by Regional Transport Partnerships (RTPs).
The National Planning Framework (NPF4)which provides the key linkage between transport and land use planning.
A number of equality and environmental statutory impact assessments will be undertaken in parallel with STPR2 covering: