The second Strategic Transport Projects Review (STPR2) will inform transport investment in Scotland for the next 20 years.
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.
STPR2 will help to deliver the vision, priorities and outcomes for transport set out in the National Transport Strategy (NTS2) and will align with other national plans such as the Infrastructure Investment Plan, National Planning Framework (NPF4) and the Climate Change Plan.
STPR2 involves conducting an evidence-based review of the performance of Scotland’s strategic transport network across all transport modes – walking, wheeling, cycling, bus, rail and road plus wider island connectivity – to identify interventions required to support the delivery of Scotland’s Economic Strategy.
It will report in two phases, the first of which will make 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. With Phase 2 reporting in Autumn 2021, STPR2 will then give Scottish Ministers a programme of potential transport investment opportunities for the period 2022-2042.
Due to the impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, we revised the STPR2 programme and are now taking forward a two-phased approach to the reporting of recommendations for future transport investment opportunities.
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.
Phase 2 will contain further recommendations and will complete STPR2. These will be reported in Autumn 2021.
An updated national Case for Change contained within 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.
The Phase 1 recommendations include transport projects which performed best against the following criteria during a high-level assessment:
- Significantly contribute to the following STPR2 Objectives:
- A sustainable strategic transport system that contributes significantly to the Scottish Government’s net-zero emissions target
- An inclusive strategic transport system the improves the affordability and accessibility of public transport
- A cohesive strategic transport system that enhances communities as places, supporting health and wellbeing
- An integrated strategic transport system that contributes towards sustainable inclusive growth in Scotland
- A reliable and resilient strategic transport system that is safe and secure for users
- Align well with National Transport Strategy 2 priorities
- Can be delivered or significantly progressed within the short term
- Performed best against COVID-19 recovery priorities.
The STPR2: Update and Phase 1 Recommendations report provides further information on the Phase 1 high level assessment alongside the national Case for Change.
The following impact assessments have been progressed alongside and informed the Phase 1 recommendations. These are as follows:
- STPR2 Update and Phase 1 Recommendations Strategic Environmental Assessment Report (SEA)
- STPR2 Update and Phase 1 Recommendations Impact Assessment Progress Report (EqIA)
Phase 1 Recommendations
The Phase 1 recommendations consist of interventions that have been grouped into a number of themes.
STPR2 Phase 1 Themes, theme description and interventions
Read video transcript for STPR2 themes video.
There are no specific priorities, all are important in the delivery of NTS2 and to recover from the pandemic. The publication of these interventions, or projects, confirm the Scottish Government’s commitment to supporting and working in partnership with others to develop, deliver and address the impacts of the pandemic.
These recommendations consolidate transport investments made in Programme for Government, the Low Carbon Fund, Infrastructure Investment Plan and Capital Spending Review, providing a rationale for those investments, in addition to making the case for investment for some new projects and increasing investment in others.
The omission of any project from Phase 1 should not be taken as any indication of that project’s likelihood of being recommended for implementation by STPR2. Stakeholder engagement has informed the development of Phase 1 with earlier drafts being shared with Regional Transport Working Groups for comment. Further detail is outlined in the Public and Stakeholder Engagement section.
An Appraisal Summary Table has been prepared for each intervention. These describe the interventions and supporting rationale in more detail.
Phase 1 Recommendations – Your feedback
We invited feedback on the Phase 1 Recommendations as outlined in the draft STPR2 Update and Phase 1 Recommendations report. This feedback mechanism closed at midnight on Wednesday 31 March 2021. We are grateful to all those who provided comment and we will now analyse and review the comments we have received regarding the Phase 1 Recommendations.