I am pleased to introduce this one year update to our 2017-20 Corporate Plan. This update covers the period 1 April 2020 to 31 March 2021 and recognises the current position and impact caused by COVID-19.
Since March, the impact of the pandemic on the organisation has been substantial, with the majority of our resources re-focused within our own organisation and across government. A key element of the Scottish Government’s response to COVID-19 has been to provide support to public transport operators to enable essential services to continue to operate safely, for staff and members of the public, across all of the modes.
As we move through the different phases of the Route Map, our work on transport transition continues to adapt quickly in full support of the Governments response. The societal impact of the pandemic on transport means we must take forward further detailed analysis on what is required of our transport systems in the future, including how we reduce inequalities whilst at the same time delivering long-term reductions in transport emissions in line with Climate Change targets.
As an organisation, our response reflects the expertise and commitment of our staff across all of our business areas. This collaborative and creative approach has seen us deal with a wide range of challenges.
There will be more challenges that lie ahead. Our work on the future of transport, in the context of COVID-19, the impact of leaving the European Union on transport, and further strengthening our expertise in dealing with weather related resilience events are all at the forefront of our thinking.
Of course with every challenge comes opportunity and we must not lose sight of our responsibility to make a real difference and to be able to influence positive change across all of our strategic transport priorities. At all times in support of the government’s purpose of achieving sustainable inclusive economic growth.