SCDI’s Connectivity Commission publishes its report

‘Scotland’s Big Mo: Industrial Strategy, Inclusive Growth and the Future of Mobility’, finds that the momentum of change in mobility will only accelerate, and that Scotland has the potential to be a location for key innovations.

It makes 8 recommendations for Government, industry and regulators, so that all parts of Scotland can benefit – economically, socially and environmentally – from a world-class connectivity system.

The report is intended to influence a range of transport, digital and energy strategies – including the ongoing review of Scotland’s National Transport Strategy and work to develop opportunities for Scotland in the UK Industrial Strategy, in which ‘The Future of Mobility’ is one of four Grand Challenges.

SCDI launched its Connectivity Commission, chaired by Dr George Hazel OBE, in 2016 following feedback from its members. As the Commission gathered and discussed evidence its focus moved from specific interventions to the more fundamental issue of transformative changes within the transport market, particularly due to digitalisation and decarbonisation, and the potential implications for connectivity in Scotland.

The Commission’s remit has been land transport, but it fully understands that changes are taking place across all forms of transport and the Commission’s vision is for seamless, door-to-door connectivity.

The Connectivity Commission is comprised of the following members:

  • Dr George Hazel OBE, Transport Consultant (Chair)
  • Neil Amner, Director, Anderson Strathern LLP
  • Roger Cotton, Partner, Brodies LLP
  • Professor Iain Docherty, Professor of Public Policy and Governance (Management), Adam Smith Business School, University of Glasgow
  • Lisa Farrell, formerly Projects and Marketing Manager, Route Monkey
  • Neil Johnstone, transport consultant and lead, Scottish Policy Forum, Chartered Institution of Highways & Transportation (CIHT) Scotland
  • James Ledgerwood, Head of Economic Development, ScotRail
  • George Mair, Director, Confederation of Passenger Transport Scotland
  • Derick Murray, Director, Nestrans
  • Tony Rose, Infrastructure Director, Scottish Futures Trust
  • Kenneth Russell, Sales & Marketing Director, John G Russell (Transport) Ltd
  • Graeme Scott, Director, IBI Group, and Chair, MaaS Scotland
  • John Watt, Senior Partner, Annequinn Associates
  • Grant Wilson, Client Director & Head of Sales, DataVita
  • Chris Yiu, Senior Policy Fellow for Technology, Renewing the Centre, Tony Blair Institute for Global Change