As part of the development of the new Regional Transport Strategy, SEStran 2035, there is a requirement to undertake an Equalities Impact Assessment (EqIA). The assessment will ensure that equalities issues are considered in the ongoing development of the new strategy. To meet this requirement an Equalities Duties Assessment Framing Note has been produced for SEStran by Stantec Ltd consultants, setting out the approach to be taken. The framing note can be viewed here.
As part of the development of the new Regional Transport Strategy, SEStran 2035, there is a requirement to undertake a Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA) in support of the development of the new strategy. The first stage of this work is complete and a scoping report has been submit to the SEA Gateway team via The Scottish Government’s SEA Gateway. The scoping report can be viewed here.
The project builds on work already undertaken by the NTSG and focusses on improving links to and from Perth, Edinburgh and Fife. It follows the Scottish Transport Appraisal Guidance (STAG).
The first stage in the process was to prepare an evidence-based ‘Pre-Appraisal’ (Initial Appraisal: Case for Change). This collated relevant socio-demographic and transport information for the study area, developed specific Transport Planning Objectives (TPOs) for the wider study, and collated an initial list of potential interventions that might address the identified problems and opportunities.
The next stage of the STAG process the ‘Initial Appraisal’, which was completed in December 2020. This evaluated the potential interventions in more detail by qualitatively assessing them against the five STAG criteria of Environments, Economy, Safety, Integration and Accessibility/Social Inclusion. The appraisal also considers the options in the context of Feasibility, Affordability, and Public Acceptability.
Our new refreshed Regional Transport Strategy which was approved by Scottish Ministers in July 2015. The refresh updates our original transport strategy and presents a realistic strategic approach to developing transport in the SEStran area, taking into accounts our current capabilities and potential resources.
A Working Group consisting of RTP Lead Officers, Transport Scotland and CoSLA was tasked by the Minister for Transport and Veterans and the Chairs of the Regional Transport Partnerships (RTPs) to examine how RTPs can further assist the Scottish Government (SG) in delivering the National Transport Strategy and Government’s wider Strategic Objectives, and to maximise the role of RTPs in delivering their Regional Transport Strategies.
SEStran (South East Scotland Transport Partnership) appointed Scott Wilson to carry out a high-level evaluation of potential options for a Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) system in the first instance, which could be upgraded in the longer term to Light Rail Transport (LRT) system, linking into the new crossing of the Forth Estuary in the Queensferry Area.
SEStran (South East Scotland Transport Partnership) appointed Scott Wilson to carry out a high-level evaluation of potential options for a Bus Rapid Transport (BRT) system in the first instance, which could be upgraded in the longer term to Light Rail Transport (LRT) system, linking into the new crossing of the Forth Estuary in the Queensferry Area. The study area for this appraisal is the Dunfermline area, which includes Dunfermline and the surrounding Bridgehead, Inverkeithing, Rosyth including Rosyth Port and links across the Forth. This area falls within the “Queensferry” corridor, characterised by high volumes of commuter tidal flow between the Dunfermline area (and its hinterland) and Edinburgh. This report sets out the results obtained on the relative merits of both a new BRT and a new LRT system linking the area.