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June 2017

Tactran Appoints New Chairperson and Deputy Chairpersons

At its meeting on 13th June 2017 the Tayside & Central Scotland Transport Partnership appointed Councillor Brian Gordon (Dundee City Council) as its new Chair.  Councillor Gordon has been a member of the Partnership Board since June 2007.  The Partnership also appointed Councillor Evelyn Tweed (Stirling Council) and Ms Trudi Craggs (non-Councillor member) as Deputy Chairpersons.  In making these appointments the Partnership also extended its sincere thanks to Councillor Will Dawson, who had reached his maximum permitted term as Chairperson, for his highly effective and inclusive Chairmanship of the Partnership since June 2009, and to Mr Doug Fleming for his significant contribution as Deputy Chairperson from 2012 - 2017.

Public Notice

Notice is hereby given that copies of the unaudited Annual Accounts for Tactran for the year ended 31 March 2017 will be available for inspection on weekdays from 3 July 2017 to 21 July 2017.

Tactran's exemplary Travel Planning website goes National

Travelknowhow, the online toolkit supporting development and implementation of workplace travel plans is today being launched as a national resource.  Travelknowhow was originally development by the Tayside & Central Transport Partnership (Tactran) and Shona Drummond Marketing to encourage and support public and private sector employers in Tayside and Central Scotland in meeting the Low carbon Scotland objective to increase employers adoption of workplace Travel Plans.  Originally a regional resource, funding from Transport Scotland and working with Scotland's 6 other Regional Transport Partnerships, has made it possible for the unique online resource is now available to support organisations across Scotland.

March 2016

Tactran welcomes Rail Enhancement Announcement

Welcoming today's announcement of planned enhancements to rail services by the Minister for Transport and Islands, Partnership Chair, Councillor Will Dawson said "Tactran warmly welcomes the Minister's announcement today.  Our officers have been working hard over a number of years in partnership with Transport Scotland and the rail industry to develop and implement our Regional Tay Estuary Strategy (TERS) proposals.  Major improvements delivered to date through TERS have included more frequent train services between Glasgow and Arbroath with significant passenger growth at stations like Gleneagles, Broughty Ferry and Monifieth, and a major upgrading of Gleneagles Station.  The Partnership wrote to the Minister last year, calling for diesel trains which will become surplus after completion of the Edinburgh - Glasgow rail electrification project to be retained in Scotland to support aspirations for development of the national rail network, included our own TERS proposals.  I am delighted that today's announcement confirms Scottish Government agreement to this.  Tactran will continue to work in close partnership with Transport Scotland, ScotRail and other Regional Transport Partnerships over the coming months to help bring the improvements announced by the Minister today, and which support our regional aspirations for enhanced rail services and connectivity, to fruition."

More information on Tactran's Tay Estuary Rail Strategy proposals can be found here.

Dundee Airport - new Amsterdam route announced commencing 23 May.  Tickets are now on sale.


February 2016

Dundee Airport - new Amsterdam route announced commencing 23 May.  Tickets are now on sale.

Glasgow Queen Street Rail Tunnel Closure - 20 March for 20 weeks - for details of revised services and timetables see ScotRail website.

September 2015

The RTPs publish a "Develop to Deliver" Report

The RTPs have published a report from the Scottish Government / Regional Transport Partnerships / COSLA Working Group called "Develop to Deliver - Maximising the role of RTPs on furthering improvements to transport in Scotland".

April 2015

Tactran Publishes Updated Equality Duties Reports

In accordance with the requirements of the Equality Act 2010, Tactran has published reports on Mainstreaming the Equality Duty and Employee Information and on Equalities Outcomes, which can be viewed here.

March 2015

RTS Refresh Consultation : 27 March to 8 May 2015

In line with its statutory duty to periodically review and update the Regional Transport Strategy (RTS), Tactran has produced a draft Refresh of the RTS.  A 6 week period of consultation starts on 27 March 2015 and is running to 8 May 2015.  Copies of the Draft RTS Refresh 2015 - 2036, Strategic Environmental Assessment Environmental Report and the Equality Impact Assessment Report are available for download.

January 2015

The Tactran Annual Report for 2013/14 is now available.

September 2014

The Regional Transport Strategy Main Issues Report has been produced and will be subject to consultation towards the end of the year.

July 2014

A vacancy has arisen for a non-Councillor Member of the Partnership.  As one of 5 non-Councillor members on the Tactran Board, the successful applicant will play a key role in providing strategic guidance, scrutiny and challenge on all aspects of the role and work of the Partnerships - Application Pack.

June 2014

Tayside and Central Scotland Transport Partnership (Tactran), working with its partner Councils in Angus, Dundee City, Perth & Kinross and Stirling, has launched the Thistle Assistance Card.  The Thistle Assistance Card aims to help anyone who has difficulty using buses by letting the driver know about their disability and the kind of help they may need during their journey, such as allowing more time for them to sit down or lettering them know when they reach their destination.

The cards are available free of charge at most Council offices, bus enquiry offices or by contacting Tactran or the four councils' Public Transport Units.  The Thistle Assistance Card complements a similar scheme which has been operating in the neighbouring SEStran region covering Fife, Clackmannanshire, Falkirk, Edinburgh and the Lothians and Scottish Borders.

Tactran's Chair, Councillor Will Dawson, said "The Thistle Assistance Card is a quick, convenient and easy way for people with disabilities to get help when using buses in the Tactran region.  Improving the accessibility and inclusivity of the transport system is a key objective of our Regional Transport Strategy and we very  much hope that this initiative will make travelling by public transport easier for anyone who may have a disability or need assistance when travelling by bus".

Welcoming the launch of the new card, Anne Maclean, Convenor of the Mobility and Access Committee for Scotland (MACS) said "Such cards are beneficial to disabled passengers and they also raise awareness of disabled passengers' needs with Bus Operators and drivers".

Graham Findlay, CEO of the North East Sensory Service added "This is an excellent scheme which should make the independent travel of people with a sensory loss much easier.  We are grateful to all involved for developing this scheme".

May 2014

The current Regional Transport Strategy was approved by Scottish Ministers in 2008.  Tactran is now undertaking a refresh of the strategy to ensure it remains aligned with other national, regional and local policies, strategies and priorities.

As a first stage of the RTS refresh process a Main Issues Report will be produced.  To inform this we are keen to hear views on the key strategic transport issues for the region and its communities.   The Main Issues Report will then feed into production of a draft RTS refresh by the end of the year.

There is a short online survey we are inviting stakeholders to complete to help inform the RTS refresh process, this survey is open until Friday 20th June.


April 2014

The current Regional Transport Strategy was approved by Scottish Ministers in 2008.  Tactran is now undertaking a refresh of the Strategy to ensure it remains aligned with other national, regional and local policies. strategies and priorities

December 2013

A leaflet highlighting an improved timetable for Monifieth train services, due to commence on 9 December 2013, are being delivered to over 4,000 households and businesses.

The number of trains calling at Monifieth is set to increase from 2 to 6 services per day, Monday to Saturday and will provide rail travel opportunities for commuting , day trips and late evening services.

The leaflets are being distributed throughout the Monifieth area and provide details of train times for all services that will call at the station, highlighting opportunities for a local commuter service to/from Dundee, interchange opportunities to Glasgow and Edinburgh and an evening service to/from Broughty Ferry and Dundee.

Copies of the leaflet can be downloaded and is also available from tactranconnect.

July 2013

Tactran responds to the Draft Scottish Planning Policy and the NPF3: Main Issues Report Consultations.