Our Economy and Infrastructure

Transport

Emissions from transport are the single biggest source of  climate emissions in Scotland. With a long term trend of driving and car ownership increasing while bus patronage, cycling and walking fall, emissions are continuing to rise.

The Scottish Greens will deliver a major shift in priorities from day one of the next Parliament, based on building safer communities, prioritising public transport, cycling, walking, wheeling and supporting the rapid replacement of fossil fuel vehicles.

Our plans will create tens of thousands of new jobs building Scotland’s public transport infrastructure for the future. We will build a safer, more equal Scotland that leads the world in tackling the climate emergency.

 

Green Impact

Scottish Green achievements in the last 5 years include:

  • Free bus travel for everyone aged 21 and under across Scotland, starting this summer
  • Increased funding for cycling, walking and wheeling to £115m a year
  • £10 million for the Northern Isles’ intra-island ferry services

MAKE PUBLIC TRANSPORT AFFORDABLE

The Scottish Greens want to make public transport the preferred choice over private cars for as many people as possible. This means it must be affordable. Thanks to the Scottish Greens, from the summer, bus travel will be free for everyone under the age  of 22. We aim to extend this to include everyone aged 26 and under. We believe in free public transport more generally, and the next step should be similar concessions for rail travel.

To immediately bring down the cost of rail we will:

 

RAIL FOR ALL – A MODERN, PUBLICLY OWNED, ZERO-CARBON RAIL NETWORK

The Scottish Greens are proposing the Rail for All investment programme: a 20 year, £22bn investment in Scotland’s railways to build a modern, zero carbon network that is affordable and accessible to all, making rail a natural choice for commuters and business and leisure travellers. This investment will be a central component of Scotland’s green recovery from Covid, creating at least 16,800 jobs while delivering infrastructure that is essential to tackling the climate emergency, supports our long-term economic prosperity, and will be enjoyed by generations to come.

ALIGN TRANSPORT INVESTMENT AND GOVERNANCE BEHIND THE CLIMATE EMERGENCY

Tackling the climate emergency means ending investment in polluting, high carbon infrastructure at the same time as investing in the solutions of the future. We will cease funding road building projects that add capacity to the network and redirect funds toward safety improvements, maintenance of existing infrastructure, public transport, cycling and walking. We will review transport governance, including Transport Scotland, and infrastructure investment programmes, to ensure they are fully aligned behind tackling the climate emergency and are accountable for delivering our climate goals.

INVEST IN CYCLING, WALKING AND FIFTEEN-MINUTE NEIGHBOURHOODS

The Scottish Greens have, for the first time ever, secured increases in the budget for cycling and walking that take it over £100m but this is still just 3% of the national transport budget. We will immediately increase the active travel budget to at least £320m. We view this as a minimum level of investment. Over the duration of the next Parliament, we aim to increase the overall budget for cycling, walking, city centre transformation and 15-minute neighbourhoods to 20% of the national transport budget. Further capital could be raised to accelerate the transition through local taxes aimed at the most polluting vehicles and their use. We will underpin this expenditure with reforms that deliver safer, greener and better communities.

We will:

THE SCOTTISH GREENS WILL ALSO

Reduce road traffic

Put public transport in public hands

Electrify transport

Establish low carbon transport connections with Europe

Expand and green Scotland’s ferry service

Downloads

Downloads of our manifesto in PDF, Easy Read, large print, and plain text, and audio formats are available here: https://greens.scot/ourfuture/downloads

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