Time for separate Scottish Transport Police

09 May 2017

ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, has called for the creation of a separate Scottish Transport Police force on the day that MSPs at Holyrood debate the ‘disastrous’ proposals to merge policing on the railway which would see Police Scotland take over policing duties from the British Transport Police.

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

‘Merging the BTP into Police Scotland will be a disaster for the railway – for passengers and for staff – in Scotland. That’s why we are calling for the establishment of a separate Scottish Transport Police force.’

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