Token Gestures Will Not Resolve Scotrail's Problems
Following months of turmoil on our rail network, and promises of improvement from Scottish Government Ministers, rail passengers continue to face misery, with new figures showing only 83% of trains arrived within 5 minutes of their scheduled time.
Mark Griffin MSP has yet again called on Transport Minister Humza Yousaf to take radical action to improve service provision. It comes as the Scottish Government have offered a week's free travel for Scotrail season ticket holders.
“Scotrail is encountering far too many problems, far too often and it is rail passengers in our community and across Scotland who are suffering as a consequence.
“I regularly experience problems, along with along with hundreds of constituents from Cumbernauld and Kilsyth, when trying to get to Glasgow or Edinburgh.
“The operator, Abellio, benefits from £1 million a month profits from Scottish taxpayers. Given the unacceptable level of service, it is no surprise that passengers do not feel they are getting a fair deal.
“Transport Minister Humza Yousaf said recently that he had ‘confidence’ in Scotrail’s improvement plan. We know that train drivers have already lost confidence in the Transport Minister and that Scotland’s passengers are losing confidence too. Passengers want an efficient service and offering a token gesture of free travel for a week will not deal with the crux of the problem.
“Nicola Sturgeon must intervene and take appropriate steps to resolve this growing crisis.”