Borders Transport Corridors Study
We're undertaking a study of how the Scottish Borders is served by the strategic transport network. The focus of the study is on how the transport network connects the Scottish Borders to the key markets of Edinburgh, Newcastle and Carlisle, it will identify where the network works well, look at issues and seek suggestions for improvement. This study will build on the successes of recent transport investment in the area and will consider the future transport needs of the Scottish Borders and cross border connections, including examining the case for extending the Borders Railway.
The commitment to undertake this work was made in the Scottish Government’s 2016-17 Programme for Government.
Approach to the Study
Draft Final Borders Transport Corridors – Pre-Appraisal Report
The Draft Final Borders Transport Corridors – Pre-Appraisal Report work was undertaken by Jacobs UK Ltd on behalf of Transport Scotland and Project partners SEStran and Scottish Borders Council and is the outcome of a collaborative study undertaken by national, regional and local transport authorities. The work has benefitted from extensive stakeholder engagement - the project partners are grateful for the input and insight provided. A public online survey was also undertaken, the results of which are reflected in the report.
Jacobs UK Ltd appointed to undertake the Borders Transport Corridors Pre-appraisal Study
Following a tender competition, Jacobs UK Ltd were appointed to undertake the Borders Transport Corridors Pre-appraisal Study in April 2017. The Services Brief sets out the aims and objectives of the study and scope of work.
This Pre-Appraisal study is being undertaken using Scottish Transport Appraisal Guidance (STAG) which means it will be ‘multi-modal’– it will consider the rationale for improvements to road, rail, public transport and active travel on the key strategic corridors including the A68, A1, A7 and Borders Railway.
This study is expected to be completed in winter 2017, when recommendations will be considered in the forthcoming Strategic Transport Projects Review (STPR2).
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Further information / Project details
Scope of project
This work is being undertaken using Scottish Transport Appraisal Guidance (STAG). This Pre-Appraisal Study comprises three components:
- It is a transport study that makes an assessment of the Problems and Opportunities of the transport system
- It will then set Transport Planning Objectives that reflect the problems and opportunities and expresses the outcomes sought from the study:
- It will generate a the wide set of transport options which could alleviate the problems and address the potential opportunities.
This work forms the pre-appraisal stage of the transport appraisal process which is undertaken at the early stage of the development of any Transport Scotland project. The work will focus on high level problems and opportunities on the network across all modes. Pre-appraisal forms part of the strategic case for any emerging project.
Rationale, project team and timescales
The Programme for Government 2016-17 included a commitment to examine the case for an extension to the Borders Railway along with improvements to the A1, A7 and A68. Transport Scotland, an Agency of the Scottish Government, are managing and delivering this study, and are working together with Scottish Borders Council and SEStran. Following a mini-competition, Transport Scotland appointed Jacobs UK Ltd as Transport Consultants to deliver this study. It is expected that the study report will be completed by Spring 2018.
The study will consider options for all modes of transport in the Borders area. In particular, the study will examine the case for improvements to the A68, A1, A7 and Borders Railway, and identify Borders transport requirements. However no decisions on any preferred routes or alignments will be considered at this stage.
Engagement and consultation
Transport Scotland have committed to working collaboratively with local stakeholders for this study. As part of that approach, a public survey was undertaken. This was publicised on Transport Scotland, Scottish Borders Council, SEStran and Northumberland County Councils websites and took place over seven weeks in July and August 2017. At the same time, a web based survey was conducted with all Community Councils in the Scottish Borders. Paper based alternatives to both of these were made available. A series of workshops were also held in June involving key stakeholders including local authorities, transport operators, emergency services, business organisations and local interest groups. As a follow-up, structured telephone interviews were undertaken to discuss issues in more detail.
As set out in the 2017-17 Programme for Government (PfG), the Strategic Transport Projects Review (STPR) will be reviewed, in alignment with National Planning Framework (NPF4) to enable a comprehensive review of national transport infrastructure priorities. The findings from this Pre-Appraisal work will feed in to this review and enable the Borders area’s problems and opportunities to be clearly articulated for consideration at the national level.
We're undertaking a study of how South West Scotland is served by the strategic transport network. The focus of the study is on how the transport network connects Dumfries and Galloway and southern Ayrshire to the key markets of Glasgow, Edinburgh, Carlisle and includes access to the Ports at Cairnryan. It will identify where the network works well, look at issues and seek suggestions for improvement. This study will build on the recent transport investment in the area and will consider the future transport needs of South West Scotland and cross border connections.
The commitment to undertake this work was made in the Scottish Government’s 2017-18 Programme for Government.
South West Scotland Transport Study
Approach to the study
South West Scotland Transport Study - Initial Appraisal: Case for Change – Draft Report
This study has been a successful example of collaborative working between national, regional and local transport authorities, undertaken by AECOM and Peter Brett Associates on behalf of Transport Scotland and project partners Dumfries and Galloway Council, East Ayrshire Council, South Ayrshire Council, SWEStran (the Regional Transport Partnership) and SPT (Strathclyde Partnership for Transport).
The work has benefitted from extensive stakeholder engagement - the project partners are grateful for the input and insight provided through a range of engagement activities including workshops, interviews, and a public online survey.
Outcomes from all of these have been combined with data and evidence gathered on the transport network in the area, and are reflected in the report.
Anyone with an interest in transport in the south west is encouraged to provide their views and comments over the period for feedback following the report being published. You can do this through the on-line survey – due to the on-going high level of interest we have extended this by four weeks - it’s now open until Friday 20 September.
Scope of project
In line with Scottish Transport Appraisal Guidance (STAG), this Initial Appraisal Study comprises three components:
- It is a transport study that makes an assessment of the problems and opportunities of the transport system;
- It will then set transport planning objectives that reflect the problems and opportunities and expresses the outcomes sought for improvements in the area; and
- It will generate transport options which could achieve those objectives
The work will focus on national and regional level problems and opportunities on the network across all modes and forms an important part of the strategic case for any emerging project.
Rationale, project team and timescales
The initial appraisal and analysis work is expected to be completed in winter 2018/19 with recommendations becoming available in early 2019. These will be considered in the forthcoming Strategic Transport Projects Review (STPR2), which will examine transport investment priorities at the national level for the next 20 years. This initial appraisal work will ensure the needs and priorities of the South West are clearly identified and inform STPR2.
Engagement and consultation
We committed to working collaboratively on this study with local stakeholders and all of those with an interest in the future of transport in the South West. As part of the approach, an online survey was undertaken which received around 3,000 responses. This was publicised on the Transport Scotland, Dumfries and Galloway Council, East Ayrshire Council, South Ayrshire Council, SWEStran and SPT websites.
The survey was open for eight weeks between 19 September and 16 November 2018. A paper based alternative to this was made available in local community buildings.
In parallel the online Placecheck tool involving an interactive map was provided - this enabled the public and interested stakeholders to record specific comments on transport issues, opportunities or proposed improvement options in the study area and tie these to a particular location. Over 300 responses were received via this tool and it was viewed as a valuable addition to the engagement process.
To ensure maximum opportunity for the views of local residents to be taken into account feedback was also sought from Community Councils in the study area via email.
A series of stakeholder workshops were also held in October and November in Stranraer, Dumfries and Maybole. Attendees included local authorities, transport operators, business organisations and local interest groups.
Structured telephone interviews were also undertaken with key stakeholders to discuss issues in more detail.
Additionally, Elected Members briefings were held in November (Dumfries) and December (Ayr) – these were attended by MPs, MSPs and Local Members representing the study area, and provided the opportunity to update them on progress and seek views on emerging findings.