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ScotRail parliamentary debate — comment from Transform Scotland

Published 14 November 2018 by Transform Scotland

Commenting on this afternoon’s parliamentary debate ‘ScotRail Break Clause’, Paul Tetlaw, rail spokesperson for Transform Scotland said:

“Current performance may not yet be as good as we would like, but there is progress and it is important to acknowledge that it compares favourably to much of that south of the Border. Many of the performance issues are the direct result of infrastructure failures and that itself stems from many years of under-investment in our railways.

“The ScotRail franchise is delivering the largest tranche of improvements to the railway in Scotland in living memory. Many of the improvements happening now — new electric trains between Edinburgh and Glasgow, proper inter-city trains, improvements to rural services, and a whole host of timetable improvements — are all key demands Transform Scotland had for this franchise.

“It is now widely acknowledged that the separation of infrastructure from the operation of the trains was a serious mistake and so the creation of the ScotRail Alliance is clearly the right approach and puts Scotland ahead of most of the UK.”

Paul is also the chair of ScotRail’s Stakeholder Advisory Panel, acting in a Transform Scotland capacity.