Strategy under fire
Matheson’s transport plan labelled ‘meaningless drivel’
Michael Matheson pictured at an electric charging hub
A new Scottish transport strategy billed as a 20-year vision of sustainability has been criticised as “meaningless drivel”.
Transport Secretary Michael Matheson unveiled his plan to MSPs only to be met with hostility over a lack of detail.
The Scottish Greens led the assault for the document’s “lack of firm commitment to action”. Transform Scotland, the national alliance for sustainable transport, accused Mr Matheson of hypocrisy for talking of a climate emergency while prioritising “new high-carbon infrastructure”.
Mr Matheson highlights four priorities: reducing inequalities; taking climate action; helping deliver inclusive economic growth; and improving health and wellbeing.
He made no mention of specific projects, preferring instead to present a framework within which future decisions on investment will be made.
But Scottish Greens transport spokesman John Finnie said it could barely be described as a strategy at all.
“Transport emissions are playing a significant role in our climate and public health emergencies,” he said.