Jo Swinson: Holyrood’s reticence to publish ScotRail Remedial Plan is unacceptable

ScotRail submitted their remedial plan to the SNP Government in mid-February after being warned to do so 8 weeks earlier. Holyrood has not yet published this remedial plan. Local MP Jo Swinson has blasted ScotRail services for failing to improve, and called for meaningful action from Scottish Ministers to boost performance urgently. ScotRail’s latest figures show that only 27.5% of trains arrived into Milngavie on time in January.

Jo Swinson said:

“ScotRail was forced to submit a “Remedial Plan” to the Scottish Government this week. This is after two years of consistently poor service following the release of their Performance Improvement Plan. The Government has not yet published this new plan.

“People deserve transparency from the Scottish Government on when they can expect their rail service to improve. That is why I have written to the Secretary for Transport Michael Matheson to demand that this Remedial Plan is made public.

“This week I have been speaking with passengers at Westerton, Bearsden, Hillfoot and Milngavie station, listening to the experiences of those who use this service on a daily basis. Shocking delays on the Milngavie line continue to cause misery for passengers, and what’s worse, we have yet to see meaningful action from the Scottish Government to tackle this.

“Clearly there are issues with the ScotRail franchise holder Abellio, but ultimately the buck stops with the Scottish Government. It is urgent that they improve performance - even if that means cutting the contract with Abellio short and looking for a new operator.”

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