Transport Scotland has chosen Jacobs and AECOM to lead its second Strategic Transport Projects Review to provide recommendations to Scottish Ministers on transport investment.
The review will focus on themes of economic prosperity, equality, health and wellbeing and climate action and will be supported by Leeds University’s Institute of Transport Studies and the PR company Big Partnership.
The new review follows an initial one carried out Jacobs and AECOM which was published in 2008. This second two-year review focuses on national and regional issues to priorities including making Scotland more accessible for residents, visitors and business, creating better connectivity with sustainable, smart and cleaner transport options and will consider all modes.
“This is a strategic review helping Transport Scotland to plan the transport investment required to support economic growth and social value in Scotland,” said Jacobs Buildings and Infrastructure Europe Senior Vice President and General Manager Donald Morrison. “Our previous work on the first review, our experience across global transport networks and our knowledge of Scottish infrastructure will enable us to look at the best use of existing assets, what new capacity is needed, what may or may not need to be built and the impact of digital disruption.”
AECOM Chief Executive – Civil Infrastructure, Europe, Middle East and Africa Colin Wood MBE added, “This important review will support Transport Scotland in setting out an ambitious strategic transport investment plan that will deliver real benefits for people, communities and businesses in Scotland over the next two decades. Collaboration was key to the successful delivery of the first review and will be an essential ingredient as we look to drive forward the commitment given by the Cabinet Secretary to ongoing and inclusive conversations about the future of Scotland’s transport system.”
Director of Transport Strategy & Analysis for Transport Scotland Alison Irvine said, “Work is already underway on the review of the National Transport Strategy which will set out the Scottish Government’s vision for the future of our transport system. The outcomes from the NTS will inform the second Strategic Transport Projects Review.
“The appointment of consultancy support for STPR2 represents a significant step in the process, to identify the transport interventions required to provide Scotland with a transport network fit to deliver the vision of the NTS. Transport Scotland is looking forward to delivering this substantial transport appraisal, which will make recommendations for Scottish Ministers’ future investment in all transport modes.”