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'Wasted [pounds sterling]25m' claim over forced Ferguson Marine nationalisation 'totally incorrect' - Kate Forbes; A claim that the Scottish Government "wasted" [pounds sterling]25 million in forcing the nationalisation of the struggling Ferguson Marine shipyard was rubbished today as "totally incorrect" by Finance Secretary Kate Forbes. Jun 15, 2021 452
ScotRail passenger numbers rebound from lockdown lows after travel restrictions eased; ScotRail passenger numbers bounced back to 60 per cent of normal last Saturday but rail chiefs said it would take more than three years to recover to their record pre-pandemic levels. Jun 12, 2021 560
Extra scrutiny of CalMac after Loch Seaforth fiasco can only be a good thing - Alastair Dalton; Six weeks ago, I received an extraordinary tip off from a well-placed maritime source that the breakdown of CalMac's newest and largest ferry had been caused by an engine part not being replaced when it should have been. Jun 11, 2021 602
'Perfect storm' insurance warning as Scottish e-scooter injuries forecast to rise; More people will be seriously hurt in Scotland this summer from illegal electric scooters whose use is increasing unchecked, insurance lawyers have warned. Jun 11, 2021 654
Workplace parking charges a 'key tool' to cutting car use as levy takes next step to introduction in Scotland; The next step towards introducing charges for Scotland's office car parks came today with the launch of a consultation on how it might work. Jun 11, 2021 565
What is Edinburgh's new low emission zone (LEZ) and what will it mean for car owners? Edinburgh councillors will decide next week whether to press ahead with a city-centre "low emission zone" to curb harmful traffic emissions - here's how you would be affected by the plans. Jun 11, 2021 610
Loganair will be first airline to add carbon charge to fares from July; Loganair passengers will have a [pounds sterling]1 "carbon offset charge" added to fares from July 1 in the airline's first step towards becoming carbon neutral by 2040. Jun 10, 2021 595
Train operator LNER's 'impactful' black sand sculptures spark row with Loganair and Easyjet over environmental impact of flying; LNER has unveiled a series of black sand sculptures to highlight that aeroplanes and cars have higher emissions than trains in the starkest yet campaign against its competitors. Jun 10, 2021 625
Scottish Government 'unable to say whether MSC Virtuosa cruise ship could dock in Greenock hours before its arrival'; Scottish Government officials were still unable to confirm whether a cruise ship could dock in Greenock as little as 36 hours before its arrival, The Scotsman has learned. Jun 9, 2021 1005
Caledonian Sleeper cancels all services between Edinburgh, Glasgow, Aberdeen, Inverness, Fort William and London during ten-night strike from June 15; Thousands of passengers face ten nights with no Caledonian Sleeper trains between Scotland and London after operator Serco said it would be unable to run any services during strikes over pay. Jun 8, 2021 401
UK-only cruise ship MSC Virtuosa 'barred from docking in Greenock'; A cruise ship carrying only UK passengers on a tour of the British Isles has been barred from docking in Greenock with just days' notice, travel agents said today. Jun 8, 2021 586
Ben Alder to be first steam locomotive built in Scotland for 60 years; Plans to build the first steam locomotive in Scotland for more than 60 years are taking shape in the latest sign of a revival of classic railway traction. Jun 5, 2021 663
Scots holidaymakers shocked at being told to go to Carlisle for Covid test results before flying; A couple from Montrose who booked a Portuguese holiday were told by travel firm Tui they would have to travel 200 miles to Carlisle to get the results of their "fit to fly" Covid tests before departing. Jun 5, 2021 569
First Glasgow bus depot to be UK's largest electric charging station; The UK's largest charging station is to be created at a First Glasgow depot with space for 300 electric buses. Jun 4, 2021 593
Car exhaust's health effects show why Scotland needs a Vehicle Idling Action campaign that makes drivers take notice - Alastair Dalton; They sit parked, behind the wheel, almost invariably staring down at their phones, oblivious. Jun 3, 2021 626
ScotRail driver injured after tree smashed into train cab near Perth, investigators reveal; A ScotRail driver whose train hit a tree at 63mph near Perth last month was injured when a branch smashed through the cab, accident investigators revealed today. Jun 3, 2021 214
Portugal move to amber list a 'huge blow' to holidaymakers - Easyjet; The UK and Scottish governments' decision to move Portugal from the green no-quarantine travel list is unjustified and nonsensical, the boss of Scotland's largest airline said today. Jun 3, 2021 1036
Polluting vehicles to be banned from Glasgow city centre next year in low emission zone; Drivers will be banned from driving into the centre of Scotland's largest city centre from next May unless their vehicles have the cleanest engines. Jun 2, 2021 561
Why people should ignore foreign holidays and travel in Scotland - Alastair Dalton; With the weather set fair - and warm - for at least the next couple of days, thoughts will increasingly turn to holidays and, for those of us still confined to Glasgow, to when we can escape. May 31, 2021 337
Glasgow Humane Society launches new boat to improve world's oldest life-saving body's search and recovery of missing people on Clyde; The world's oldest life-saving body will today unveil its "game changer" new boat to improve the search and recovery of missing people on the Clyde to help give grieving families closure. May 31, 2021 661
Fort William Covid cases expected to rise further as 'significant' outbreak reaches 37; NHS Highland has warned Covid cases are expected to increase further in Fort William after a week-long outbreak centred on a sports bar that has seen positive tests rise to 37. May 30, 2021 265
Ministers urged to reject Israeli arms firm's bid to run Scottish traffic control centre; Scottish ministers have been urged to reject a bid from an Israeli arms manufacturer for a trunk roads traffic monitoring contract. May 30, 2021 374
RMT announces 48-hour strikes at ScotRail in Perth; ScotRail workers in Perth are to be called out on four days of strikes which threaten to cause further disruption to the strife-torn operator. May 30, 2021 414
Historic paddle steamer Waverley to resume Clyde sailings within weeks; The world's last sea-going paddle steamer is preparing to return to service following the lifting of Covid restrictions and repairs after crashing into Brodick pier on Arran last year. May 29, 2021 627
Appeal launched to celebrate 200th anniversary of trailblazing mechanics institutes which Scotland exported to the world; They were an educational world leader, pioneering the teaching of skilled workers before spreading from Scotland across the world. May 29, 2021 948
Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce scion among Highland lairds given railway station private waiting rooms; The family behind Lea & Perrins Worcestershire Sauce were among Highland lairds afforded the luxury of private waiting rooms at railway stations, some in return for allowing lines to run through their estates. May 15, 2021 689
ScotRail's trains have been on a reputational rollercoaster - Alastair Dalton; If something unexpected happens in transport, odds on it will be on the railways, and I'm not entirely sure why. May 13, 2021 631
Loganair's biggest winter expansion includes Edinburgh, Glasgow, Inverness routes extended year round; Scottish airline Loganair today announced four of its cross-Border routes would go year-round as part of its biggest ever winter flying schedule. May 13, 2021 323
More Scottish flights to Portugal on cards as Nicola Sturgeon announces which countries Scots can visit from Monday; Extra Scottish flights to Portugal are expected by travel agents as they hailed the country's very significant and important" inclusion in the green travel list from Monday. May 11, 2021 611
Islanders revolutionise transport on Ulva with innovative off-road electric vehicle sharing scheme; Residents of a tiny Scottish island with no tarred roads have bought an electric off-road fleet for an innovative vehicle-sharing scheme in an effort to banish engine noise and pollution. May 10, 2021 627
ScotRail trains found to have cracks; Several ScotRail trains have been found to have hairline cracks as part a widespread safety investigation also affecting other operators such as LNER, The Scotsman has learned. May 9, 2021 390
80th anniversary events to mark HMS Hood's ill-fated mission from Scapa Flow in Orkney against Bismarck announced; The 80th anniversary of HMS Hood's ill-fated mission from Scapa Flow to intercept Germany's largest battleship Bismarck is be marked with series of online events this month, organiser Another Orkney Production has announced. May 7, 2021 325
Portugal, Gibraltar and Israel among 12 countries on UK Government's green list for travel from May 17; Passengers will be able to travel from England to 12 countries from May 17 without having to quarantine on their return, the UK Government announced today. May 7, 2021 968
Scrap ScotRail train fleet involved in Stonehaven crash, rail engineer demands; The type of ScotRail train involved in the fatal Stonehaven derailment should be withdrawn from service because of their lack of crashworthiness, a rail engineer has urged. May 5, 2021 1076
Pavement parking ban delay to 2023 angers campaigners; The long-awaited ban on vehicles blocking Scotland's pavements is likely to take another two years to be introduced, prompting frustration from campaigners. May 1, 2021 666
ScotRail has caused almost 3m minutes of delays to its own trains in nine years; ScotRail has caused nearly 3 million minutes of delays to its own trains in nine years, figures highlighted by the Scottish Conservatives today showed. May 1, 2021 615
Four arrested in human trafficking police raids in Blairgowrie; Three men and a woman have been charged over human trafficking after being arrested in Blairgowrie, Police Scotland said today. May 1, 2021 338
Scotland's Weather: April was sunniest on record - but also one of the coldest, says Met Office; Scotland basked in its sunniest April on record for the second year in a row - but it was also one of the coldest. May 1, 2021 632
Anglers rescued by Dunbar lifeboat after boat engine fails; Two anglers were rescued today by Dunbar lifeboat after the engine of their boat failed one mile offshore. May 1, 2021 176
Easyjet and Loganair to start restoring flights from Scottish airports tomorrow; Scotland's largest airline is to resume or restore flights on six UK routes from Glasgow, starting tomorrow. Apr 30, 2021 507
Edinburgh and Glasgow congestion surges by up to 80% with latest lockdown easing; Traffic in Scotland's two largest cities surged on Monday with the latest easing of Covid restrictions, new figures have shown. Apr 29, 2021 569
As Covid lockdown eases, increased road traffic may be ruining al fresco experience for outdoor diners - Alastair Dalton; There's a bright, fresh look to the main street in my part of Glasgow. Apr 29, 2021 586
New JCB pothole-busting machine completes road repairs in Alness in minutes; The latest weapon in the battle to fix potholes was put through its paces in a Highland town today. Apr 29, 2021 443
ScotRail Sunday strikes to halt 90 per cent of trains - full details of services still running; Just one in 11 ScotRail trains will run for the next six Sundays after the main rail union widened its dispute over payments for working on days off. Apr 28, 2021 682
Another ScotRail strike looms just days before expected passenger increase from further lockdown easing; ScotRail is facing yet another strike after workers in Perth voted for action in a dispute over a manager. Apr 23, 2021 424
Signalling fault caused ScotRail derailment at Dalwhinnie that closed Inverness-Perth line for five days; A ScotRail train which blocked the Inverness-Perth line for five days was derailed by a signalling system fault, investigators reported today. Apr 23, 2021 391
CalMac ferry disruption to continue for at least another three weeks after breakdown; CalMac ferry disruption is to continue for at least another three weeks after the operator announced today its largest vessel would not be repaired until May 17 at the earliest. Apr 23, 2021 430
Electric vehicle battery 'gigafactory' to be explored by Scottish Labour; A giant factory to supply batteries for electric vehicles should be considered for Scotland, Scottish Labour announced today. Apr 22, 2021 461
Trunk road maintenance firm BEAR Scotland announces up to 50 new jobs; Up to 50 new jobs are being created as part of the increased maintenance of motorways and other trunk routes in south east Scotland. Apr 22, 2021 441
Scottish Election 2021: Radical Green transport policies could become a reality if SNP fails to win majority - Alastair Dalton; If the SNP fails to win a majority in next month's Holyrood election and has to rely on the Scottish Greens to get its Budget passed, all eyes will be on the latter's manifesto for what might come next. Apr 22, 2021 602
Extend free bus travel to all Scots under 25 and people on benefits to 'transform' their lives - Poverty Alliance; Free bus travel should be extended to everyone under 25 to "transform" the lives of young people, a coalition of more than 100 groups demanded today. Apr 22, 2021 600
ScotRail fare dodgers warned ticket checks to resume on Monday after more than a year; Passengers will have their tickets checked on trains again from Monday after being suspended for more than a year, ScotRail is to announce today. Apr 20, 2021 608
Avanti West Coast passengers to Edinburgh and Glasgow face two weeks of delays after track damaged during engineering work; Passengers heading for Edinburgh and Glasgow on west coast main line trains face disruption for two weeks after track was damaged during engineering work at the weekend. Apr 20, 2021 322
Toiletry brands could be invited to sponsor ScotRail's train loos; It could spell the transformation of the one aspect of rail travel many passengers seek to avoid - train toilets. Apr 11, 2021 609
Waverley paddle steamer crash victim wins five-figure payout; The first victim of the Waverley paddle steamer crash in Arran to win damages has received a five-figure payout, lawyers announced today. Apr 9, 2021 432
Air passengers wrongly forced to buy Covid kits at Edinburgh Airport reimbursed thanks to The Scotsman; Dozens of passengers wrongly forced to buy Covid test kits at Edinburgh Airport have been refunded thanks to The Scotsman. Apr 9, 2021 333
How Orkney is helping to shape the future of flight with hydrogen-powered planes inspired by a 1930s aviation pioneer - Alastair Dalton; Britain's most popular aircraft model, which has been operating in Orkney for more than half a century, was last week teamed up with the name of the islands' aviation pioneer to help launch a project which may signal the future of flight. Apr 8, 2021 641
Hundreds more ScotRail staff vote to strike over holiday pay; Further disruption to ScotRail services was threatened today after hundreds of train ticket examiners voted to strike over being paid less for working on days off than drivers. Apr 8, 2021 442
Anger as historic former Covenanters museum Greenhill put on sale in Biggar; The sale of a former museum building where ministers hid during religious conflicts in the 17th century has been condemned as "inexplicable" by Scotland's leading historian Professor Sir Tom Devine. Apr 8, 2021 993
Caledonian Sleeper staff to be balloted for strike action by RMT over pay; Scotland-London overnight trains are threatened with disruption after Caledonian Sleeper staff voted today to hold a strike ballot. Apr 8, 2021 351
Thai restaurant in 40-year-old British Rail coaches in Pitlochry approved; Plans to open a Thai restaurant and takeaway in 40-year-old first-class carriages beside the railway near Pitlochry station were today approved by councillors. Apr 7, 2021 599
Stop abusing those who cannot wear Covid face coverings, autism campaigners urge; The verbal and physical abuse of people who cannot wear face masks for health reasons must stop because there is no end in sight for the Covid precaution being required, campaigners have urged. Apr 3, 2021 612
Duty free shops for arriving passengers urged by cash-strapped Edinburgh and Glasgow airports to boost flagging income; Scotland's largest airports want to open duty free shops for arriving passengers to provide a new source of income after their revenue was decimated by the Covid crisis, The Scotsman has learned. Apr 3, 2021 623
'I still have the scars on my back from my radical ambitions': Sarah Boyack reflects on being devolution's first transport minister - Alastair Dalton; It was an exciting new political era - the re-establishment of the Scottish Parliament after 300 years - and with it, bold plans to tackle transport's biggest problem. Apr 2, 2021 637
Helipad named after paramedic Robert Black who died from Covid opens in Campbeltown; Emergency workers have spoken of their emotions as the first air ambulance touched down at a new helipad in Campbeltown named in tribute to a colleague who died of Covid last year. Apr 2, 2021 357
All Easter Day trains outside Glasgow area cancelled by ScotRail in latest RMT stoppage; Striking conductors are to bring all ScotRail trains across the country to a halt on Sunday other than those serving the Glasgow area. Apr 2, 2021 395
Islands 'losing [pounds sterling]2m bookings a week' from travel restrictions uncertainty; Island hotels and guesthouses today claimed they were losing millions of pounds of bookings because of uncertainty over when the lifting of mainland travel restrictions will be extended to the Hebrides. Apr 1, 2021 623
World's first hydrogen-powered passenger flights could take off in Orkney; The world's first passenger flights using hydrogen-powered aircraft could be launched between Orkney's islands in less than three years if trials announced today are successful. Mar 30, 2021 616
Ryanair to announce Croatian air route from Edinburgh to Zadar; Budget airline Ryanair is expected to announce further post-lockdown growth from Edinburgh Airport today by resuming flights to Zadar in Croatia from July. Mar 30, 2021 416
ScotRail unions RMT, Aslef, TSSA and Unite mull strike ballot over pay; Scotland's main train operator today faced further potential disruption with its four main unions jointly announcing they were considering industrial action votes over pay. Mar 30, 2021 582
Shetland woman misses mother's funeral in Estonia after Lufthansa bars her from flying from Edinburgh Airport at last minute; An Estonian woman living in Shetland missed her mother's funeral after being told she could not fly home because of Covid restrictions despite being previously assured it was permitted, The Scotsman has learned. Mar 26, 2021 998
Parking across Scotland's new segregated cycle lanes must stamped out - Alastair Dalton; It's amazing how quickly lockdowns over the last year have changed routines. Mar 25, 2021 643
Scottish system for submitting dash/helmet cam footage of lawbreakers urged; Drivers and cyclists must be able to more easily submit dash and helmet cam footage of law breakers to police with the creation of a new Scottish system following success elsewhere, motoring and cycling groups said today. Mar 25, 2021 613
Scots can book foreign summer holiday flights 'with reasonable confidence' - Ryanair chief Michael O'Leary; Scots were told today by Ryanair they could book flights abroad this summer with "reasonable confidence" because high vaccination rates "must result in the removal of restrictions". Mar 24, 2021 433
Police Scotland given criminals' drone to add to its fleet; Police officers have been handed a new weapon to fight crime - a drone previously used by criminals. Mar 20, 2021 568
Electric scooter rider charged for illegal road use in Dumfries by Police Scotland; Safety campaigners today applauded police for seizing an electric scooter capable of 31mph that was being ridden illegally in Dumfries. Mar 19, 2021 603
Caledonian Sleeper must be nationalised along with ScotRail - Scottish Labour; Scottish Labour and the rail unions have called on SNP ministers to bring the Caledonian Sleeper franchise into public hands after announcing ScotRail would be nationalised next year. Mar 19, 2021 374
'Passengers shouldn't kid themselves the change will make any difference to whether their trains run on time' - Alastair Dalton; Switching control of ScotRail into public hands will be no panacea - it will just leave ministers with fewer people to blame when things goes wrong. Mar 18, 2021 419
Tunnel could replace landslip-plagued A83 Rest and Be Thankful road; A two-mile long tunnel could be built on the A83 in Argyll to replace the landslip-prone Rest and Be Thankful pass as part of plans announced today to build a new route through the glen. Mar 18, 2021 253
Sarah Everard's death: Fear of attack while travelling unacceptably high for half the population - Alastair Dalton; The death of Sarah Everard has thrown the issue of women's safety while travelling into sharp focus. Mar 18, 2021 610
ScotRail to be returned to public ownership next year - Michael Matheson; The Scottish Government is to take over the running of ScotRail next year, Transport Secretary Michael Matheson announced to MSPs today. Mar 17, 2021 1071
Travel restrictions in mainland Scotland to be removed on April 26 - Sturgeon; People will be able travel throughout mainland Scotland in six weeks time but international travel may remain banned until after May 17 - the earliest date for its resumption from England, Nicola Sturgeon announced today. Mar 16, 2021 600
Ministers warned that extending Abellio's ScotRail franchise would be 'humiliating U-turn'; Scottish Labour said any extension of Abellio's ScotRail operation would amount to a "kick in the teeth for passengers" amid industry speculation the Scottish Government is considering the option. Mar 13, 2021 598
Paths for All leader Ian Findlay - the inspirational walking champion who made it a Scottish transport priority; It is a bitter irony that at a time when Covid lockdowns have brought walking to the fore and it has never enjoyed such importance politically, Scotland has lost one of its greatest champions. Mar 12, 2021 645
Rail worker at Glasgow Central spat in the face by man trying to use child ticket; A man has spat in the face of a rail worker after being challenged about travelling using a child ticket. Mar 12, 2021 351
Whistleblowers at Edinburgh catering firm Rail Gourmet face disciplinary action after staff told to invent Covid symptoms; Two workers at the company which supplies train operators such as LNER have been called to disciplinary hearings days after The Scotsman revealed the caterer had told staff to make up symptoms to ensure they got Covid tests. Mar 12, 2021 571
ScotRail conductors vote to strike over getting paid less for working on days off than drivers; Train conductors at ScotRail today voted to strike over getting paid less for working on days off than drivers, The Scotsman has learned. Mar 11, 2021 567
UK Government accused of trying to force Scottish Government's hand over transport priorities; The UK Government was today accused of telling Scotland what its transport priorities should be in announcing plans to upgrade the A75 - the main access route from England to Cairnryan for Northern Ireland ferries. Mar 10, 2021 612
A83 Rest and Be Thankful bypass is an 'emergency project' that must be progressed at 'rapid speed' - Michael Matheson; Bypassing the landslide-prone A83 Rest and Be Thankful road is an "emergency project" that must be progressed at "rapid speed", Transport Secretary Michael Matheson told MSPs today. Mar 10, 2021 595
Threat to tiny Cromarty-Nigg ferry averted after proposed funding cut U-turn; The threatened loss of a tiny Highland ferry has been averted after planned funding cuts were reconsidered, The Scotsman has learned. Mar 6, 2021 1054
Edinburgh LNER catering firm Rail Gourmet admits telling staff to make up symptoms to get Covid tests; A union has attacked catering company Rail Gourmet for instructing staff to "tell lies" to ensure they got Covid tests. Mar 6, 2021 418
SNP 'knows full well' A9 dualling won't be finished by 2025 but dishonestly won't admit it - Conservatives; Ministers were accused today of dishonesty in knowing "full well" the [pounds sterling]3 billion A9 dualling project won't be finished on time in 2025 but refusing to admit it. Mar 6, 2021 639
Stagecoach Bluebird trailblazing towards gender balance with women now 22% of its bus drivers; A Scottish bus operator said today it was "ahead of the curve" in rebalancing the chronically male-dominated industry by announcing more than one in five of its drivers were women. Mar 6, 2021 611
Edinburgh Airport arrivals from Dublin wrongly compelled to buy [pounds sterling]210 Covid tests by Border Force amid travel restrictions confusion; Dozens of passengers arriving at Edinburgh Airport from Dublin were wrongly compelled to buy [pounds sterling]210 Covid test kits, The Scotsman has learned. Mar 5, 2021 612
After Covid, will cars remain king or will greener forms of transport prevail in Scotland? - Alastair Dalton; Its thousands of figures over hundreds of pages provide a comprehensive picture of how we got about last year - before the pandemic struck. Mar 4, 2021 599
Book review: Old Ways New Roads, edited by John Bonehill et al; A new book shows how the programme of road and bridge-building begun by General Wade in the 1720s opened Scotland up to tourists as never before, writes Alastair Dalton. Mar 3, 2021 561
ScotRail could woo passengers back with tickets that cost less the more you travel; Innovative discounts to attract passengers onto trains post-lockdown are being investigated by Scotland's main operator. Feb 27, 2021 669
Drivers pay out [pounds sterling]5m a year for illegally driving in Scottish bus lanes; More drivers in Scotland are breaking the law by driving in lanes reserved to help buses beat traffic congestion, newly-published figures showed today. Feb 25, 2021 674
Drivers pay out [pounds sterling]5m a year for illegally driving in Scottish bus lanes; More drivers in Scotland are breaking the law by driving in lanes reserved to help buses beat traffic congestion, newly-published figures showed today. Feb 25, 2021 594
From Scotland's railways to ski slopes, lockdown is denying us some surprising best-ever moments - Alastair Dalton; While most of us are stuck at home, some aspects of life are at near-perfect levels, but will we get to enjoy them? Feb 25, 2021 649

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