ScotRail: Premiership prices for League Two service

23 October 2018

ASLEF, the train drivers’ union, has condemned the poor performance of ScotRail and called for the service to be brought back into public ownership.


Kevin Lindsay, the union’s organiser in Scotland, said: ʻIt is, frankly, no surprise that ScotRail has been fined £2.2 million in the first half of this year for its spectacular failure to meet its targets.


ʻThose of us on the front line – ScotRail train drivers and other railway staff – see every day how the company comes up short.


ʻThe truth is that the privatised franchise model is a broken business model. It hasn’t worked, it doesn’t work, and it will not work. Everyone on the railway understands that.


ʻThat’s why we are calling on the SNP government to bring ScotRail back into public ownership. So it works for the people of Scotland – for passengers, for taxpayers and for staff – rather than allow a private company to charge Premiership prices for League Two performance. Frankly, we all deserve better.’


Note: A service quality report covering April to June showed the operator met only 15 of 38 targets falling well short in areas such as toilets, train cleanliness and litter at stations. The franchise is fined by Transport Scotland when it breaches performance measures. More than £1,061,000 of fines were issued for the three-month period; following more than £1,180,000 of penalties for the first three months of the year from January to March.


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