Government must reveal Scotrail plan

10 October 2016

ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, has called on the Scottish government to release its improvement plan for ScotRail. Kevin Lindsay, the union’s organiser in Scotland, said: ‘It’s high time the Scottish government let us know what is going on and published the improvement plan. There is nothing to be gained by keeping it secret and we think passengers, and staff, have a right to know when we can expect to see improvements.’

The SNP government at Holyrood issued an improvement notice to ScotRail on 17September due to the company’s very poor performance. One in three trains are late and, on some routes, more trains turn up late than arrive on time. There is a chronic shortage of trains, and carriages, which has led to unprecedented levels of overcrowding. This puts front line staff at risk from angry commuters,especially our members on DOO trains, where Abellio fails to provide a second person on the train.

Kevin added: ‘Full details of the improvement notice – including what penalties Abellio is facing because of its poor performance – should be published.Remember Abellio is making £1 million profit a month from passengers on ScotRail.’

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