ASLEF welcomes SNP opposition to amalgamating BTP with Police Scotland

11 March 2015

ASLEF, the train drivers' union, has welcomed the Scottish Labour Party's decision to oppose the SNP's proposal to amalgamate the British Transport Police force with Police Scotland.

Kevin Lindsay, ASLEF's organiser in Scotland, said: 'The proposals by the Nationalists to amalgamate BTP with Police Scotland are opposed by everyone who knows anything about the way the railway works. BTP in Scotland understands the way the railway works and has the special expertise to deal with the special problems encountered on the railway every day.

'It is ironic, at best, and outrageous, at worst, that after the Smith Commission devolved powers for the railway to Scotland that the SNP government first sells out ScotRail and then sells out the BTP. We don't want the BTP to be scrapped and its services delivered by Police Scotland. We want, as Labour wants, and as everyone who understands the railway wants, a BTP accountable to Holyrood to police the railway in Scotland.'

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