Renfrewshire Council has commissioned transport consultants AECOM to develop a new local transport strategy. The strategy, which is called Travel Renfrewshire 2035,  will set out the council’s transport and travel priorities over the next 10 years. It will complement the regional strategy by SPT and the national strategy by Transport Scotland.

The council says that the strategy will meet its responsibilities to make bus and train journeys more accessible, encourage walking, wheeling and cycling, reduce travel by car and protect the environment as the council works towards Renfrewshire becoming net zero.

There will be two phases of stakeholder engagement. In the first phase the council aims to capture feedback on what is working well and what would improve people’s travel experience. Feedback is invited from members of the public and stakeholders via a survey, which is available to access on the council’s website at www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/travel-renfrewshire-2035. The survey is open until 11:59 pm on Thursday 27 June 2024.

Paper copies of the survey are available at Renfrewshire libraries and can also be requested by emailing ei@renfrewshire.gov.uk, with “Local Transport Strategy Survey” as the email subject. Paper copies are also available by phoning 0300 300 0300.

Comments can also be added to an online map; the link is also available on the council’s website at  www.renfrewshire.gov.uk/travel-renfrewshire-2035. The map  allows comments to be added to specific locations and for locations to be categorised as positive, neutral or areas for improvement.

Voters in Scotland will need to show photographic ID at the polling station when voting in the next UK Parliament general election, due to take place before the end of January 2025. This new requirement follows the introduction of new legislation by the UK Government.

Accepted forms of ID include a passport, driving licence, older persons or disabled persons bus pass and Young Scot card. Voters will be able to use expired ID if they are still recognisable from the photo.

Anyone who does not have one of the accepted forms of ID will be able to apply for free ID online at www.voter-authority-certificate.service.gov.uk or by completing a paper form.

The full list of accepted ID, along with more information about the new requirement and details of how to apply for the free ID, is available on the Electoral Commission’s website.

The need for photo identification applies to UK general elections only and not for local or Scottish Government elections.