Glasgow City Region Adaptation Strategy - report

Flagship Action 8: Regional transport climate resilience group

Intention Strathclyde Partnership for Transport (SPT) and Network Rail will scope a terms of reference with a view to establishing a Regional Transport Climate Resilience Group to act as an informal forum for debate, discussion and exchange, as part of managing critical climate risks to the rail and wider transport infrastructure across Glasgow City Region. The group will facilitate discussion and share best practice on the strategic adaptation of the transport network with national, regional and local partners from a regional focus. This group will be separate from existing national, regional and local resilience groups and is not intended to replicate current arrangements around coordinated resilience activity for immediate extreme weather events impacting on the transport network. Adaptation is considered in current transport plans and projects but more needs to be done to ensure a co- ordinated approach. In the longer term, the group will therefore aim to expand as appropriate to reflect the wider transport and active travel network and to help articulate regional priorities for investment in transport including in the forthcoming Regional Transport Strategy. Other activities could include promotion and application of Climate Ready Clyde’s Climate Risk Screening Toolkit 34 and the links to the climate resilient design guidelines and principles in Flagship Action 6. Outcomes The movement of the 1.8 million people who live and work within Glasgow City Region underpins its vibrancy and economic prosperity, but could be profoundly affected by climate change. Glasgow City Region is also a national strategic transport hub; the importance of which is only likely to increase in the longer term, for example with the construction of HS2. Climate change brings an increased risk of flooding, landslides and disruption as well as extreme temperatures, high winds and changes in vegetation growth rates, and changes in freeze thaw ratios affecting slope stability and embankments. The group will increase coordination and enhanced partnership working on adaptation and resilience issues which are regionally significant and warrant greater prominence at the national level. It also allows climate change to be considered in the context of wider changes, such as the changing nature of transport needs post pandemic. Supporting and enabling mechanisms • Adaptation Reporting Power – requires organizations to assess and report on their risks and opportunities every five years.

Supports delivery of the following Adaptation Strategy interventions 8

Key partners Initially Network Rail, SPT, Transport Scotland and ScotRail with scope to extend as appropriate to cover the wider transport and active travel network.


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