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Moving to healthy transport: the drivers of transformational change – a view from Scotland

Davis, Adrian L.



Mark J. Nieuwenhuijsen

Haneen Khreis


The need to stabilize global average temperature rises to no more than 1.5 degrees may be the driver for transformational change that will also deliver major improvements in public health. Barriers to change in the transport sector have long included political commitments to road capacity expansion irrespective of evidence of effectiveness. The climate crisis demands political leadership away from this approach and to draw on existing evidence of effective interventions to move sustainable transport toward being the normative modes of travel. In this chapter, we look at Scotland (UK), a country with a reputation for leadership on climate change. We consider its trajectory toward ending its roads program, partly based on health impacts, and other interventions opportunities that could help sustainable transport become the normative travel behavior.


Davis, A. L. (2020). Moving to healthy transport: the drivers of transformational change – a view from Scotland. In M. J. Nieuwenhuijsen, & H. Khreis (Eds.), Advances in Transportation and Health (407-421). (1). Elsevier.

Online Publication Date Apr 10, 2020
Publication Date Apr 7, 2020
Deposit Date Jul 6, 2020
Publisher Elsevier
Pages 407-421
Edition 1
Book Title Advances in Transportation and Health
Chapter Number 19
ISBN 978-0-12-819136-1
Keywords Sustainable transport, transformational change, politics, climate change, Scotland
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