ASLEF welcomes Glasgow cross rail pledge

09 February 2015

ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, has welcomed a pledge by Jim Murphy, leader of the Scottish Labour Party, to use the Scottish Parliament’s new borrowing powers to bring forward the ‘missing link’ in Glasgow’s railway infrastructure.

Kevin Lindsay, ASLEF’s organiser in Scotland, said: ‘We’ve been campaigning for Glasgow cross rail since I came into the job fourteen years ago. A link will enable services from north and east Scotland to continue through Glasgow to the west and south. It will offer better transport, more capacity on our rail network, which is creaking at the seams, and create more jobs.’

Kevin added: ‘I am calling on the SNP to stop prevaricating and pledge to do the same for the people of Scotland.It’s high time, too, that we built the Glasgow airport link. Because we investment in infrastructure, especially in public transport, is the way to create jobs, and a stronger economy, and build a better future.’

Mr Murphy will tell delegates at the Core Cities Devolution Summit in Glasgow today that ‘long-delayed’ infrastructure projects have been a subject of frustration in Scotland. He will say: ‘Cross rail would bring Scotland together, linking north, south, east and west. It would see Scotland finally have a unified rail network service.’

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