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Climate Change spokesperson / Active Travel Inquiry

Cathy and Patrick Harvie at the launch of the Active Travel Inquiry

Falkirk East MSP Cathy Peattie is now Labour’s Scottish Parliament spokesperson on Climate Change, following a Shadow Cabinet reshuffle.

Cathy said that she is looking forward to the challenge of her new role.

“Having been very involved with the Scottish Parliament’s Climate Change Bill, which has been recognised internationally for the strength of its provisions, I am now keen to ensure that the legislation translates into equally strong action by Scottish Government, local authorities and other public bodies, working with civic organisations, businesses and the people of Scotland.”

She will also continue as Deputy Convener of the Transport Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee, which has just launched an Inquiry into Active Travel.

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Taken for a ride by ScotRail …

The Deputy Convener of the Scottish Parliament Transport Infrastructure and Climate Change Committee, Cathy Peattie, has tabled a motion in the parliament calling for a halt to the ScotRail franchise extension, a Scottish Parliament inquiry, and for the Minister for Transport, Stewart Stevenson, to make a statement to MSPs. She is also planning to raise the issue at the TICC committee.

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Rosyth Ferry

Speaking in the Scottish Parliament, Cathy Peattie began by declaring her constituency interest.

“Forth Ports is based in Grangemouth, and many hauliers who use the Rosyth ferry are based in Falkirk East. They carry paper, forest products, seafood, electronics, whisky and other spirits, and many other manufactured goods. Rosyth is easily accessible and, contrary to what some have claimed, the Rosyth to Zeebrugge service has been a success for passengers and freight traffic. It is popular with hauliers in my constituency, and I have heard many good reports about it from passengers.

“The service is an attractive alternative to air travel—the growth in passenger numbers shows that—and we need such services if we are to meet our climate change targets.

“In many ways, the freight operation is important to, and dovetails neatly with, freight movements through the port of Grangemouth. Together, both operations are essential to the health and growth of the Scottish economy. They handle a huge proportion of Scotland’s exports; indeed, I have been told that a tenth of Scotland’s gross domestic product moves through Grangemouth.

“With appropriate development, the Rosyth market could be significantly expanded. Many lorries and car transporters still travel hundreds of miles from ports further south, but they could come direct to Scotland from the continent, and vice versa. As fuel costs rise, the competitive advantage of using Rosyth will increase. Moreover, extending sea transport services and reducing road miles results in environmental benefits.

“What goes through Rosyth could treble if we get things right. The market is there for the taking. I was in Rosyth last week and was impressed by the capacity and facilities there. It has a skilled and trained workforce.

“The ferry service should represent an attractive opportunity for any new operator. Things may take time, but I call on the Scottish Government to ensure that doors are not closed before solutions can be found. I am sure that back benchers will want to do whatever they can. In that context, I suggest that we set up a cross-party working group to consider what we can do to move things forward.

“I look forward to a successful Rosyth ferry service in the future.”

Other contributions to the debate can be found here

The Transport, Infrastructure and Climate Change committee, of which Cathy is Deputy Convener, has published its report on Scottish Ferries.

News release on the publication of the reportReport on Ferry Services in Scotland (HTML version) | PDF version of the report – 2.14MB | Further Information on the Inquiry into Ferry Services in Scotland