Fiona Hyslop MSP/BPA

Scottish Government

Cabinet Secretary for Transport

The Scottish Government
The Scottish Parliament

Fiona Hyslop was appointed Cabinet Secretary for Transport in February 2024.


The Cabinet Secretary is responsible for:

  • national transport strategy
  • strategic transport projects review
  • public transport policy
  • accessible transport
  • decarbonisation and just transition of transport
  • 20% reduction in car kms
  • rail services
  • freight industry
  • Low Emission Zones
  • ferry services
  • roads and road safety
  • transport resilience and major events
  • maritime policy and Ports
  • transport infrastructure improvement projects
  • Traffic Scotland, transport data, and information systems
  • sponsorship of transport bodies (except HIAL and Scottish Canals)

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Ms Hyslop was born in Ayrshire in 1964 and with her family spent her early years in England before returning to Ayrshire. She graduated from Glasgow University with an MA (Hons) in Economic History and Sociology.

She completed a post graduate Diploma in Industrial Administration at the Scottish College of Textiles, before moving to Edinburgh to join the financial services company Standard Life where she held various positions in sales and marketing, latterly as Brand Development Manager.

Elected in the first session of the Scottish Parliament in 1999 she has been returned as the Constituency MSP for Linlithgow since 2011.

When the SNP formed a minority administration in 2007 Ms Hyslop was appointed as Cabinet Secretary for Education & Lifelong Learning before serving in several ministerial roles, latterly Minister for Transport.

Read more about Fiona Hyslop on the Scottish Parliament website.

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