News

June 2020

Vacancies

Tactran is seeking to appoint a Strategy Officer (Sustainable Transport).  Please contact Ashley Roger, Office Manager for an application pack or for an informal discussion please contact Niall Gardiner, Senior Partnership Manager on 07919 990370 or email NiallGardiner@tactran.gov.uk


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April 2020

Tactran Appoints New Partnership Director

The Tayside & Central Scotland Transport Partnership (Tactran) has appointed a new Partnership Director, Mark Speed.  Mark took up the position on 1 April 2020, succeeding the current Director, Tom Flanagan, who retired on 31 March 2020.


December 2019

CLOSED - VACANCY - PARTNERSHIP DIRECTOR

An exciting opportunity has arisen for the post of Partnership Director for Tactran. The Tactran region lies at the heart of Scotland’s strategic transport network, comprising the local authority areas of Angus, Dundee City, Perth & Kinross and Stirling.  Covering 3 of Scotland’s 7 cities, numerous smaller towns and villages, and a significant lowland and highland rural catchment which includes parts of the Cairngorms and the Loch Lomonds & the Trossachs National Parks, the region, its transport and connectivity and associated economic, social and environmental needs and challenges, are extremely varied and diverse.

Job AdvertRecruitment Pack and Application Form.


Thistle Assistance Card - A Little Extra Help from A to B

Calling all travellers! Thistle Assistance has officially launched its brand-new look with a newly- designed Thistle Assistance card, app and website to help make travelling by public transport in Scotland more comfortable and accessible for everyone.

Thistle Assistance is all about helping to relieve travel anxiety and encouraging people to feel confident when using different forms of public transport across Scotland. Anxiety UK found that ‘the main causes reported of anxiety whilst travelling were the behaviour and attitudes of other people, and difficulties finding the way, including the fear of being lost’. The Thistle Assistance card and app seek to ease these feelings of anxiousness and get more people out and about.

Cabinet Secretary for Transport, Infrastructure and Connectivity Michael Matheson said:

“I'm pleased we have been able to provide £30,000 to support SEStran in refreshing the Thistle Assistance brand.

“Thistle Assistance helps to deliver on the vision outlined in our Accessible Travel Framework, that every disabled person in Scotland can travel with the same freedom, choice, dignity and opportunity as other citizens.

“This was a priority area for us in our annual delivery plan to improve accessible travel and I'm sure that users right across Scotland will benefit from the additional features and information now available through Thistle Assistance."

Members of the public who request a free Thistle Assistance card will receive an information leaflet with the card and icon stickers to place on the back of the card indicating what assistance they may need while travelling. The app follows the same format as the physical card and can be downloaded for free from all online app stores.

Research for the card and app brought to light people’s experiences of travel and the obstacles they face. These included challenges for visually impaired travellers with wide and steep gaps between trains and platforms, as well as difficulty reading departure screens at bus and train stations. Thistle Assistance aims to improve the journey experience for those who require extra assistance as they travel around Scotland.

One card user commented, “I find the Thistle Assistance card is an easy way to ask for help without making a song and dance about it. It just discreetly informs a member of transport staff what I need, whether that’s assistance getting off the train or letting me know when it’s my stop. The card’s always in my wallet now so it gives me peace of mind when I travel.”

Thistle Assistance’s brand-new website (www.thistleassistance.com) is complemented by dedicated social media pages to engage with and learn from people who use the card and app to help make transport accessible to all.

Thistle Assistance is a key component of transport strategy in Scotland and delivers on the Scottish Government’s ambition to have an inclusive and accessible transport system. SEStran and the six other Regional Transport Partnerships, Disability Equality Scotland, Transport Scotland and transport operators are all working towards this ambition. 

June 2018

GoToo Website Closure

The GoToo website is due to close at the end of this month.

Public Accounts Inspection

The 2017/18 Accounts are available for Inspection.

Partnership Director

Tactran has appointed a new Partnership Director, Dr Tom Flanagan, who will take up the position on 1 July, succeeding Eric Guthrie, who retires on 30 June - click here for more information.

March 2018

Tactran Appoints New Partnership Director

The Tayside & Central Scotland Transport Partnership (Tactran) has appointed a new Partnership Director, Dr Tom Flanagan, currently interim Head of Economic Development at Perth & Kinross Council, will take up the position from 1 July 2018, succeeding the current Director, Eric Guthrie, who is retiring on 30 June 2018.

Announcing the appointment, Tactran Chair, Councillor Brian Gordon said "I am delighted to welcome Tom Flanagan as the new Director of Tactran.  Tom is a highly qualified transport professional with significant experience working at chief officer lever in a number of local authorities in the field of transportation and economic regeneration.  He brings a wealth of relevant knowledge and experience which will ensure that the Partnership continues to develop and deliver on its statutory role and duties moving forward."

Councillor Gordon added "I would also like to take this opportunity to thank our retiring Director, Eric Guthrie for all his hard work and dedicated contribution to establishing and developing Tactran since his appointment in 2006, and to offer Eric our best wishes for a long and well deserved retirement."

January 2018

CLOSED - VACANCY - PARTNERSHIP DIRECTOR

An exciting opportunity has arisen for the post of Partnership Director for Tactran. The Tactran region lies at the heart of Scotland’s strategic transport network, comprising the local authority areas of Angus, Dundee City, Perth & Kinross and Stirling.  Covering 3 of Scotland’s 7 cities, numerous smaller towns and villages, and a significant lowland and highland rural catchment which includes parts of the Cairngorms and the Loch Lomonds & the Trossachs National Parks, the region, its transport and connectivity and associated economic, social and environmental needs and challenges, are extremely varied and diverse.

You will be responsible for leading and managing the delivery and continuing development of Tactran’s Regional Transport Strategy, and for ensuring fulfilment of the Partnership’s wider statutory public sector body duties in relation to Community Planning, Development Planning, Climate Change and Equalities.

Reporting to the Partnership Board and operating as the Partnership’s Chief Officer providing strategic and operational leadership and management, you will be expected to work collaboratively to ensure effective joint working with numerous public and private sector partners.  You should demonstrate excellent political awareness and strong written and verbal communication skills.

Leading a team of transport planning professionals you will be highly experienced and have the motivation to support and lead the organisation through a period of considerable change and opportunity, which includes a comprehensive review of Scotland’s National Transport Strategy and land-use planning framework, emerging City Deals and developments in the organisation and delivery of Community Planning.

You will have a relevant degree level qualification and membership of a relevant professional body.  As part of our recruitment process, Tactran carries out rigorous checks on the right to work in the UK, qualifications and employment history, including references and fitness to undertake the post.

Applications based on secondment for the duration of the contract term will be considered. For an informal discussion about the role please contact Eric Guthrie on 01738 475775.

An Application Pack is available online or by contacting Ashley Roger, Officer Manager on 01738 475775 or ashleyroger@tactran.gov.uk

Closing date is Friday 16 February 2018, with interviews scheduled for Tuesday 13 March 2018 at Bordeaux House, Perth.

Staffing Update

Tactran is pleased to announce 2 new employees started on 8th January 2018. Jonathan Padmore, Senior Strategy Officer and Graeme Brown, Strategy Officer (Sustainable Transport).

December 2017

Tactran is pleased to announce Niall Moran started today as the Strategy Officer (Strategic Connectivity).

November 2017

Regional Rail Forum - 30th November 2017

 

Tactran held a Regional Rail Forum on Thursday 30 November 2017 in the Dewars Centre, Perth.  Copies of the Agenda and Presentations are now available.

September / August 2017

 

Vacancies - CLOSED

Tactran is seeking to appoint a Strategy Officer (Sustainable Transport).  Please contact Ashley Roger, Office Manager for an application pack or for an informal discussion please contact Niall Gardiner, Senior Partnership Manager on 01738 475764 or email NiallGardiner@tactran.gov.uk

 

Tactran is seeking to appoint a Senior Strategy Officer and a Strategy Officer 

July 2017

Vacancy - CLOSED

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 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.