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2022 SAPT Members Meetings

The committee has decided to restart “in-person” members meetings from June 2021. The AGM is being help in-person at 10:30 on Friday 10th June 2022 at the AK Bell Library, 2 York Place, Perth PH2 8EP (600 yards from the station). There is lots of space to allow social distancing. Guest speaker is Scott Prentice,…

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More on de-carbonising public transport

In our 2121 Zoom AGM, our Vice-chairman and Strategy Officer (and retired engineering professor), David Murray-Smith, gave a presentation on the work he has done on decarbonising public transport since our 2019 AGM in Perth (see previous presentation). David has also written (in collaboration with Peter Fisher of Arcola Energy) a further report outlining developments:…

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SAPT Proposals for Public Transport Integration in Rural Areas

Bus and rail usage are not expected to recover fully to pre-covid levels in the foreseeable future. The commercial basis for rail franchising and bus operations is no longer viable. The future of rail franchising is awaiting publication of the UK Williams Review. ScotRail is a self-contained network so unification of train operations and infrastructure…

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AGM Friday 17th September 2021

Guest Speaker: Bill Reeve, Rail Director, Transport Scotland Rail Recovery Prospects Decarbonisation Strategy Implications of government ownership of ScotRail Public Transport Integration Prospects The committee has decided to hold the AGM virtually over Zoom, as there is still a degree of anxiety about travel and social distancing. Full details will be provided on our website…

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De-carbonising public transport

Transport is a major contributor to greenhouse gases and other harmful emissions worldwide and efforts to reduce these are important for all forms of public transport. Moving from oil to low-carbon energy for transport raises important issues in terms of electrical power generation and distribution systems.  At our 2019 AGM in Perth, our Vice-chairman and…

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Bus and Rail Recovery

The current slump in bus and train usage due to covid-19 raises the question of how public transport can recover once continuing medical advances diminish the coronavirus health risks. Transport Scotland figures show rail use at only 30% of previous levels, with 60% of bus users having returned. More home working and online shopping are…