Age Scotland believes that Scotland’s transport system must work for older people if it is to be fit for purpose.
Transport is a crucial tool for tackling loneliness and isolation.
Throughout 2018, Age Scotland undertook a major process of consultation with Scotland’s older people on their transport needs. Working in partnership with Transport Scotland (the Scottish Government’s transport agency), we led 21 workshops for older people around Scotland where they could share their thoughts on transport. We also collected older people’s views on transport in a questionnaire.
The primary purpose of this consultation was to ensure that older people’s voices were heard in the process of shaping the new National Transport Strategy (NTS2) – a government strategic document which will shape transport decisions in Scotland for the next two decades.
Age Scotland produced a summary report of our findings after speaking to hundreds of older people right across Scotland.
The draft NTS was published by Transport Scotland on 31 July 2019. The 12 week consultation period closed on 23 October 2019. You can read the draft NTS here.
The information we gathered from older people during the NTS Review process is also shaping our policy positions on transport more broadly, including the Transport (Scotland) Bill which was recently passed by the Scottish Parliament.
Want to find out more?
For more information about our transport work, contact the Policy Communications team on 0333 323 2400.