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September 2015

The RTPs publish a "Develop to Deliver" Report

The RTPs have published a report from the Scottish Government / Regional Transport Partnerships / COSLA Working Group called "Develop to Deliver - Maximising the role of RTPs on furthering improvements to transport in Scotland".

April 2015

Tactran Publishes Updated Equality Duties Reports

In accordance with the requirements of the Equality Act 2010, Tactran has published reports on Mainstreaming the Equality Duty and Employee Information and on Equalities Outcomes, which can be viewed here.

March 2015

RTS Refresh Consultation : 27 March to 8 May 2015

In line with its statutory duty to periodically review and update the Regional Transport Strategy (RTS), Tactran has produced a draft Refresh of the RTS.  A 6 week period of consultation starts on 27 March 2015 and is running to 8 May 2015.  Copies of the Draft RTS Refresh 2015 - 2036, Strategic Environmental Assessment Environmental Report and the Equality Impact Assessment Report are available for download.

January 2015

The Tactran Annual Report for 2013/14 is now available.



December 2013

A leaflet highlighting an improved timetable for Monifieth train services, due to commence on 9 December 2013, are being delivered to over 4,000 households and businesses.

The number of trains calling at Monifieth is set to increase from 2 to 6 services per day, Monday to Saturday and will provide rail travel opportunities for commuting , day trips and late evening services.

The leaflets are being distributed throughout the Monifieth area and provide details of train times for all services that will call at the station, highlighting opportunities for a local commuter service to/from Dundee, interchange opportunities to Glasgow and Edinburgh and an evening service to/from Broughty Ferry and Dundee.

Copies of the leaflet can be downloaded and is also available from tactranconnect.

July 2013

Tactran responds to the Draft Scottish Planning Policy and the NPF3: Main Issues Report Consultations. 

June 2013

The Partnership has agreed to extend the terms of appointment of Non Councillor Members Doug Fleming and Gavin Roser for a further 2 years until September 2015.

The Partnership also appointment Mark Craske, NHS Forth Valley, as the Health Sector representative. 

April 2013

As required under the Equality Act 2010 (Specific Duties) (Scotland) Regulations 2012, Tactran has published a Mainstreaming the Equality Duty Report and a set of Equality Outcomes, which can be viewed here. 

Tactran Equalities Outcomes Report (pdf)
Tactran Mainstreaming Equalities (pdf)

March 2013

Tactran is supporting Dundee City Council in the EU funded ENCLOSE Project.  ENCLOSE (ENergy efficiency in City LOgistics Services for small and mid-sized

European Historic Towns) has the objective of raising awareness about the challenges of energy efficient and sustainable urban logistics in small and medium-size historic towns in Europe, including Dundee, and will be demonstrating different methods of addressing those challenges.


February 2013

The Tactran Annual Report for 2011/12 is now available for download.


A freight page has gone live on  It is intended to assist transport controllers/planners and HGV drivers in planning journeys within the region.



August 2012

The National ACT Travelwise Conference is being held in the Radisson Blu Hotel in Edinburgh on Thursday 25th and Friday 26th October.


July 2012

The Tactran Unaudited Annual Accounts for 2011/12 are available for public inspection from 23 July to 20 August 2012 at 2 High Street, Perth as per the attached notice.

June 2012

At the Partnership Board on 12th June Tactran appointed Cllr Will Dawson as continuing Chair and member, Doug Fleming, as Deputy Chair.

March 2012

Tactran responds to Transport Scotland's consultation on A9 Dualling.

February 2012

Tactran responds to Transport Scotland's consultation on Rail 2014 Franchise Consultation.


December 2011

High Speed Rail

Tactran, Nestrans and Hitrans welcome the Fast Track Report on High Speed Rail.

Non Councillor Member

Tactran reappoints Doug Fleming as a Non Councillor member for a further 2 years following the meeting on 13th December.

New life is Being Breathed into Scotland's Oldest Operational Railway Station

at Broughty Ferry - with nine more trains calling daily from Monday 12 December, 2011. 

The number of services is increasing from four to 13 a day - Mondays to Saturdays, providing more rail travel opportunities for commuters and day trips as well as late evening services.

October 2011

Tactran and the RTP Chair's joint response to the Department for Transport's Consultation on Developing a Sustainable Framework for UK Aviation: Scoping Document.

September 2011

Tactran responds to the Transport Scotland Consultation on Extending Local Bus Registration and BSOG Grant to DRT.

More Trains for Broughty Ferry

Issued on behalf of Tactran and ScotRail

NINE more trains will call daily at Broughty Ferry from Monday, 12 December, it was announced today.

The new calls will improve local connections in the Dundee, Perth and Angus travel to work area - and connections southbound to the Central Belt. The services will also provide new day trip opportunities northbound to Aberdeen.

The enhancements follow Tactran, the Regional Transport Partnership for Tayside and Central Scotland, working with train operator ScotRail, Transport Scotland and Network Rail on proposals which had been identified in the Partnership’s Tay Estuary Rail Study.

The additional calls represent a significant increase to the current four daily calls at Broughty Ferry.

August 2011

Audit Scotland Transport for Health and Social Care Report Published


Tactran has given a broad welcome to today’s publication of Audit Scotland’s report on Transport for Health and Social Care.


Tactran Chair, Councillor Will Dawson commented :-


“We welcome Audit Scotland’s conclusion that Regional Transport Partnerships, working with our Councils, Health Boards, Scottish Ambulance Service and other partners, have a key role to play in addressing the issues raised in their report”.


“Access to health and the impacts of transport on health are key issues which are already recognised in our Regional Transport Strategy”.


“Audit Scotland recommends that plans should be put in place to achieve efficiencies and improve partnership working.  We have been working for some months in collaboration with NHS Tayside, NHS Forth Valley and the Scottish Ambulance Service to develop a Regional Health & Transport Action Plan for Tayside and Central Scotland”. 


“We believe our Health & Transport Action Plan provides a timely framework for collaborative working with our Health Boards, Councils and other partners to address the issues raised by Audit Scotland’s report.”

The Draft Tayside and Central Scotland Health & Transport Action Plan aims to address not only the issues raised in the Audit Scotland report, about maximising efficiency through improved coordination of transport delivery and better information on the provision of transport to health services, but also promotes increased use of active travel modes - walking & cycling- as a means of improving personal health and wellbeing; looks to reduce the impact transport has on the environment and public health , for example through poor air quality; and encourages wider adoption of  more sustainable approaches for NHS staff travel. 


The Draft Action Plan has been informed by stakeholder consultation, including with Councils, transport providers, various sectors of the Health service and also patient and other user representative groups.  The Plan is currently the subject of formal consultation with the Boards of NHS Forth Valley and NHS Tayside.   We are reviewing the key messages and recommendations set out in Audit Scotland’s report, to ensure that these are recognised in our work on taking the regional Health & Transport Action Plan forward.

July 2011

Our Chair welcomes rail timetable changes that will provide more frequent train services from Dundee/Perth to Glasgow.

Tactran and the RTP Chairs joint responses to the Department for Transport - High Speed Rail: Investing in Britain's Future Consultation.

June 2011

The Tactran Board on 21 June approved the Tactran Regional Bus Information Strategy.

New interactive bus map and PC desktop app available on

TAYplan Proposed Strategic Development Plan period for representations has commenced. Find out how to get involved.

March 2011

Tactran appoints Ken Armstrong as new Non Councillor Member.

RTP Chairs joint response to the Commission on the Future Delivery of Public Services - Call for Evidence.


September 2010

Tactran appoints David Scotney as new Non Councillor Member and approves the reappointment of Bill Wright and Professor Tony Wells. Click here for more information.

May 2010

Tactran launches - click on the link to the website to see it in action and for information.



October 2009

TACTRAN invites Expressions of Interest for A90 West of Dundee Park & Ride Study.

June 2009

New Chair Appointed

TACTRAN is pleased to announce the appointment of a new chair, Councillor Will Dawson, Dundee City Council. Please click here for more information.

Travel Planning DVD

TACTRAN have launched a new Travel Planning DVD, to read the full press release please click here. If you wish further information please e-mail Merry Scott.

To view the film please click here.


December 2008

TACTRAN welcomes the Government announcement on the Strategic Transport Projects Review.

The Tayside and Central Scotland Transport Partnership (TACTRAN) has welcomed today's Government announcement of the outcome of the Strategic Transport Projects Review (STPR). To read the full press release please click here.

August 2008

The Transport Minister Officially opened Stirling's new Castleview Park and Ride on Monday 25th August.  To see the full press release please click here.

July 2008

Fraser Macpherson and Eric Guthrie recently took part in an interview for Radio Tay AM's Business Matters Sections.  Please click to here to listen to the interview.

May 2008

The revised Regional Transport Strategy is submitted to the Transport Minister for approval.  Click here to be taken to the document.


October 2007

Tactran have launched a “Conference Carshare” section to their liftsharing website:  To see the full press release please click here.

Work starts on £1.8 million pound transport project - Work officially got underway on Wednesday 31st October on a Western Park and Ride Facility for Stirling.  To see the full press release please click here.

The Transport Minister officially opened the Kinross Park and Ride site on 17th October.  To see the full press release please click here.

September 2007

TACTRAN launches Sustainable Travel Grant Scheme.  To see full press release please click here.

July 2007

Tactranliftshare achieves 1000 members

Tactranliftshare has passed its target of 1000 members  - with 1017 people now registered on the site. 


The regional car sharing database encompassing sites for each local authority has achieved the target through extensive advertising, press coverage and even a permanent link on T in the Park’s website.


The site now boasts a 36% match rate and based on these, nearly 1.7 million road miles and 314 tonnes of Co2 has been saved.


Funding is now being sought to upgrade the sites to become a “buddy scheme” whereby walking and cycling buddies can also be found.”

June 2007

TACTRAN Vacancies - both vacancies are now closed

TACTRAN currently has 2 vacancies - a Strategy Manager and a Project Manager - for full details of the positions please click here.  To request an application pack please call 01738 4757757 or e-mail

TACTRAN Appoints New Chair

The Tayside and Central Scotland Transport Partnership (TACTRAN) today appointed Councillor Fraser Macpherson of Dundee City Council as its new Chair - to see the full press release please click here.

National Liftshare Day - 14th June 2007

Tayside and Central Scotland Transport Partnership (tactran) will launch its regional car sharing database on National Liftshare Day on Thursday 14th June - to see full press release click here

May 2007

TACTRAN Regional Transport Strategy

The TACTRAN Regional Transport Strategy (RTS) was submitted to the Transport Minister on 30 March 2007. Ministerial approval of Regional Transport Strategies is anticipated by early July. Once this has been confirmed, the finalised document will be published and copies will be available. In the meantime the RTS, as submitted to the Scottish Executive on 30 March, can be viewed by clicking the links below :-


Regional Transport Strategy

A Strategic Environmental Assessment (SEA), which identifies the anticipated environmental impacts and implications of the Strategy, has also been undertaken : 

Strategic Environmental Assessment

RTS Consultation Report

The Strategy has been significantly influenced by ongoing consultation with key stakeholders throughout the RTS process, and extensive public consultation on the Draft RTS in early 2007. In accordance with Scottish Executive Guidance we have prepared a Consultation Report, outlining the various consultations undertaken and how these have influenced the finalised Strategy :-


Consultation Report (Appendix P - to be uploaded)


RTS Indicative Delivery Plan

TACTRAN has developed an Indicative Delivery Plan, which will set out the estimated costs of delivering the Strategy and proposed Interventions, in the short (2008/09 – 2010/11), medium (2011/12 – 2016/17)and long term (beyond 2017). This is currently the subject of consultation with the Scottish Executive.

Indicative Delivery Plan


October 2006

tactran Partnership welcomes new Board Member