Strathclyde Partnership for Transport

Who we are

Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) was formed by bringing together Strathclyde Passenger Transport Authority and Executive and the WESTRANS voluntary partnership. The new SPT was established by the Transport (Scotland) Act 2005 which created Scotland’s seven Regional Transport Partnerships (RTPs). SPT retains many of the transport powers and functions which were previously exercised by Strathclyde Passenger Transport Authority/Executive.

SPT’s role now involves planning and delivering transport solutions for all modes of transport across the region, in conjunction with its member Councils and industry partners. SPT is at the centre of the region's transport planning; analysing all travel needs and developing the transport system for now and the future. All aspects of transport have to be integrated - road, rail, freight, ferry, cycling and walking.

SPT has direct operational responsibilities, such as running the Subway, supporting - and in some cases running - local bus services, and managing integrated ticketing. While the management of the franchise for the Strathclyde rail network has transferred to Transport Scotland, SPT continues to have a role in promoting and developing rail projects to meet the region’s needs, such as the East-West Subway link and Crossrail. We guided the Glasgow Airport Rail Link (GARL) project through the Scottish Parliament and undertook the vital development stages of design, land acquisition and advanced works. The project has now been handed over to Transport Scotland for completion.

Under the Transport Scotland Act, SPT has the responsibility on behalf of its member councils to consult with private bus operators on the registration of bus services and the provision of passenger information.

The SPT area comprises the following Council areas: East Dunbartonshire, East Ayrshire, East Renfrewshire, Glasgow City, Inverclyde, North Ayrshire, North Lanarkshire, Renfrewshire, South Ayrshire, South Lanarkshire, West Dunbartonshire and the Helensburgh and Lomond area of Argyll and Bute.

The Partnership Board comprises of 27 members representing the 12 constituent unitary authorities in the West of Scotland plus other interested parties. Of the 27 members, 20 are nominated from Councils and seven are public appointments.

SPT is required by law to submit a regional transport strategy (RTS) to the Transport Minister in March 2007. The RTS will influence all of the future plans and activities of the organisation as well as inform future National and Local Transport Strategies. The information in the "About SPT" section has been based on the content of the RTS and will be updated accordingly when the RTS is approved by the Scottish Executive.

SPT is not responsible for the content of external sites.

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