Transport Scotland Annual Report and Accounts 2010/11


Our Business Plan for the year to 31 March 2011 committed Transport Scotland to delivering a number of key achievements as follows:

Priority: Improved connections across Scotland Progress
Design and develop the Forth Replacement Crossing Achieved
Work with colleagues in Scottish Government and with Local Authority partners to improve the integration of transport and land use planning Achieved
Following completion of the Strategic Transport Projects Review and its Strategic Environmental Assessment, develop a future programme of investment in key transport projects, road, rail and other public transport across Scotland to be delivered 2012-2022 Achieved
Secure delivery of the Paisley Corridor Improvements works Achieved
Deliver a new, electrified railway between Edinburgh and Glasgow linking Bathgate and Airdrie and allowing for direct rail services to run from Lanarkshire to Edinburgh and West Lothian to Glasgow Achieved
Deliver a new interchange between the rail and tram networks providing connections to Edinburgh Airport and the West Edinburgh Development Area Due to delays in the Edinburgh tram project this has not yet been delivered
Support the delivery of the Edinburgh Tram Project Achieved
Work on the A90 including commencing work on the Aberdeen Western Peripheral Route (AWPR) and completing the dual carriageway from Balmedie to Tipperty Construction has been delayed to both schemes due to the legal challenges that were submitted against the AWPR.  The Court decision was published on 11 August refusing the appeals.  
Begin construction of the railway to the Borders Achieved
Enhance rail and road connections in the Highlands including key connections to Inverness and planning for the dualling of the A9 between Perth and Inverness Achieved
Continue to develop  and improve railway stations Achieved
Priority: Better journey times, better reliability Progress
Invest in the maintenance and improvement of the trunk road network, targeting improvements to reduce congestion and investing in new technology to improve journey reliability Achieved
Complete construction of the M74 in Glasgow Achieved
Work with Network Rail and First ScotRail to reduce rail journey times and improve train service frequencies Achieved
Take forward the Edinburgh-Glasgow Improvements Programme to enhance the rail network in the Central Belt Achieved
Extend and enhance the systems underpinning Traffic Scotland and Traveline Scotland to improve the delivery of travel information and trunk road traffic control Achieved
Take forward "smarter" integrated ticketing Achieved
Priority: Greener transport alternatives, reduced emissions Progress
Provide more sustainable public transport alternatives to the private car Ongoing
Increase electrification of the rail network Achieved
Improve rail journey times between our main cities Achieved
Encourage the move of freight from road to rail Achieved
Ensure successful delivery and entry into passenger service of a new fleet of efficient electric trains and effective cascade of existing fleets Achieved
Maximise the use of the national concessionary travel schemes Achieved
Lead the way in reducing emissions and adapting to climate change Achieved
Provide ambitious vision for sustainable transport in the Low Carbon Scotland policy documents Ongoing
Support achievement of the Scottish Government's carbon emissions reduction targets, with an ambitious vision for sustainable transport set out in the Low Carbon Scotland Report on Policies and Proposals Ongoing
Successful bid for Plugged in Places UK funding to develop charging infrastructure in central Scotland. Achieved
Deliver a £3.3million Low Carbon Vehicle Procurement scheme for Community Planning Partnerships, enabling purchase of  approximately 150 vehicles  and 80 charging points by the public sector Achieved
Publish the Cycling Action Plan for Scotland which will deliver a vision of 10% modal share for cycling by 2020 Achieved
Complete delivery in 7 communities across Scotland of the 3-year Smarter Choices Smarter Places demonstration programme to encourage sustainable transport choices Achieved
Provide development assistance to 10 communities, organisations and local authorities engaged in the process of researching and establishing a Car Club in Scotland as an alternative to car ownership.  5 communities will “go live” in April/May 2011 with a further 5 engaged in preparatory work Achieved
Introduce 48 new low carbon buses into the Scottish Bus Fleet as a result of the £4.4million Scottish Green Bus Fund, benefiting  5 bus operators across Scotland Achieved
Pay £281,210 to Glasgow City Council and £243,000  to City of Edinburgh Council from the Bus Retro-Fitting Fund for the purchase of Particulate Matter Traps with the aim of improving air quality in urban areas by cutting particulate matter emissions from buses Achieved
Priority: Increased safety, more innovation Progress
Continue to improve the safety of Scotland’s trunk road network through the delivery of the Strategic Road Safety Plan Achieved
Develop and introduce innovative ways of improving the road and rail networks, for example overtaking lanes and flyover junctions Achieved
Provide a range of safety enhancements on the A9 and on the A75 and A77 routes serving the key ferry terminals to Ireland Achieved
Enable customers to use the latest smart technology in order to travel as seamlessly as possible by fitting all 6,100 buses in Scotland with new ticket machines Achieved
Continue to improve the safety of Scotland's road network by delivering on commitments contained in Scotland's Road Safety Framework to 2020 Achieved
Priority: Strive for excellence in everything we do Progress
Work closely with partners including all Scottish Local Authorities and Regional Transport Partnerships to deliver integrated transport solutions which support the local and national outcomes as set out in Single Outcome Agreements Achieved
Work with UK Government and wider rail industry bodies to ensure efficient and affordable outcomes for Scotland for both devolved and reserved issues, including accessibility, European and safety policy Achieved
Manage and monitor the First ScotRail Franchise Achieved
Work with Network Rail to facilitate its delivery of operation, maintenance and renewal targets as determined and enforced by the Office of Rail Regulation Achieved
Improve transport capacity and resilience Achieved
Improve business processes Achieved
Implement conclusions of Shaping Up review of transport Achieved
Ensure that equalities and cultural issues underpin all of Transport Scotland’s activities Achieved
Deliver efficiency savings in excess of £150 million over the three-year period of the Corporate Plan 2008-11 Achieved
Introduce legislation on reform of eligibility criteria for the Blue Badge scheme Achieved
Support the delivery of Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland (MACS) and Passenger View Scotland (PVS) Annual Reports to highlight issues of importance to all passengers using public transport Achieved