director of transport, strategy and analysis,
Alison has worked in Transport Scotland for over ten years after spending eighteen years working in the consultancy sector as a transport planner. She is a graduate from the University of Strathclyde and a Chartered Civil Engineer.
As Director of Transport Strategy and Analysis she is responsible for the development of the new National Transport Strategy, published in February 2020 and the subsequent Delivery Plans and Monitoring Statements. Her team are setting the investment priorities for transport across Scotland through the second Strategic Transport Projects Review. She is responsible for providing strategic transport planning advice to Scottish Ministers and assisting Local Authorities plan for the future through the development plan process and policy development and engagement around city and regional growth deals. She is leading Transport Scotland’s climate change policy, overseeing associated policy development for the update to the Climate Change Plan due in Spring 2020 as well as reporting on progress against current policies and actions.
Her remit also includes providing analysis and research to support strategy and policy development which includes maintaining and publication transport statistics, transport demand forecasting, transport appraisal guidance as well as transport research. This includes the development of business cases and post opening evaluation for Scottish Minister’s trunk road and rail investment programmes.
She was responsible for taking the Transport Bill through parliament and looks after policy integration across Transport Scotland including the agency’s preparation for Brexit, future mobility and transport’s contribution to inclusive economic growth. She has oversight of the statutory and institutional frameworks for transport including the Regional Transport Partnerships and Scottish Roadworks Commissioner and will be taking forward work on transport governance.