Scotland Policy Conferences

Next steps for transport in Scotland - infrastructure, decarbonisation and promoting economic growth

Morning, Tuesday, 20th November 2018

Central Edinburgh


This seminar will be a timely opportunity for policymakers and stakeholders to discuss the key issues for Scotland’s transport system ahead of the expected publication of The Scottish Government’s first draft of a new National Transport Strategy in early 2019.

Delegates will consider policy priorities needed from the new National Transport Strategy to improve delivery of transport infrastructure, with reference to proposed changes to the planning system within the Planning Bill, and build a transport system capable of supporting the aims of The Scottish Government’s Economic Strategy.

They will also discuss next steps for taking forward policy proposals designed to build on the current National Transport Strategy’s aim of reducing transport emissions and meet targets in The Scottish Government’s Climate Change Plan of a 66% reduction in emissions by 2032.

Further sessions will consider key issues surrounding the implementation of Low Emission Zones, including their likely effectiveness in reducing emissions and improving air quality as well as their potential impact on businesses and motorists.

The agenda also looks at the potential impact of The Scottish Government’s £60m Low-Carbon Infrastructure Transition Programme in improving uptake of low emission and ultra-low emission vehicles.

Guest of Honour

Humza Yousaf MSP

Minister for Transport and the Islands

Guest of Honour

Humza Yousaf MSP

Minister for Transport and the Islands


Jamie Greene MSP

Spokesperson for Transport and Infrastructure, Scottish Conservatives

Colin Smyth MSP

Shadow Cabinet Secretary for Rural Economy and Connectivity, Scottish Labour


Professor Tom Rye

Professor of Transport and Director, Transport Research Institute, Edinburgh Napier University

Emilia Hanna

Air Pollution Campaigner, Friends of the Earth Scotland

Ross Fairley

Partner and Head of Energy, Power and Utilities, Burges Salmon

Councillor Lynne Short

Convener, City Development Committee, Dundee City Council

Nicholas Lyes

Head of Roads Policy and Public Affairs Lead, RAC

Martin Reid

Business Unit Director, North, Road Haulage Association

George Gillespie

Executive Director, Land and Environmental Services, Glasgow City Council

Neil Amner

Director, Anderson Strathern and Director, Scottish Chambers of Commerce

Derick Murray

Director, Nestrans

Caroline Jones Carrick

Project Director, The TEV Project