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Manuel Cortes lambasts face saving exercise by SNP to cover up ScotRail failures

26 September 2018

Manuel Cortes lambasted ScotRail bosses and SNP ministers after it emerged on Wednesday that ministers have changed targets to avoid ScotRail breaching its franchise.

Cortes said, “This is absolutely disgraceful. Franchise targets exist to ensure passengers and taxpayers are getting value for money.

“ScotRail’s failure to reach those targets, despite not just one but two Improvement Plans is a very clear indication that Abellio is failing to deliver value for money.

“This is just a face-saving exercise for Abellio and the SNP. Michael Matheson announced recently that he wouldn’t be using the break clause in the ScotRail contract. Now with Abellio breaching their franchise agreement after a year of rail misery that looks like a very wrong decision.

“A braver politician would put their hands up, admit they got it wrong, and bring ScotRail back immediately into the public sector. But Matheson is wedded to the idea of privatisation and seems willing to engage in a cover up of ScotRail failures rather than hold Abellio accountable.

“Matheson needs to immediately come before Parliament and explain his actions.”

Notes to Editors

The story can be seen on page ten of Wednesday’s Daily Mail


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