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Scots Consider 20-Year Transport Policy

Magazine article Public Finance

Scots Consider 20-Year Transport Policy

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The Scottish Executive is considering a wide range of transport measures to cut journey times and reduce traffic congestion.

It is preparing a national strategy that will also look at how transport policies can promote economic growth, encourage social inclusion and protect the environment.

Launching a consultation paper on the strategy, Transport Minister Tavish Scott said that as traffic volumes continued to grow it was essential to provide attractive alternatives for the future. 'That means reducing journey times and integrating routes and public transport choices for passengers,' he added.

The consultation document, covering a strategy for the next 20 years, discusses possible solutions, including road tolls, faster train connections and better communications in rural areas.

The Executive says it is planning to invest Very substantially' in a range of major road and rail improvements that will be managed by the recently established agency, Transport Scotland.

It is also planning policies that would encourage a shift away from the car towards walking, cycling and public transport.

The consultation seeks views on ways of lowering fares, including whether these should be funded by tax revenues. …

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