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Manuel Cortes supports Scottish Labour motion demanding early end to Abellio’s ScotRail franchise

12 November 2018

TSSA Leader Manuel Cortes today gave his support to Scottish Labour’s motion to Holyrood demanding the Scottish Government exercise the break clause in the ScotRail franchise, which will be debated on Wednesday.


Cortes said, “Under the SNP ScotRail has gone from bad to worse. It failed its franchise agreement last quarter and then followed that up with an even worse month for punctuality and reliability the following month. Yet Michael Matheson’s response to ScotRail’s bad performance was to issue them a 12-month carte blanche to keep failing! You couldn’t make it up!


“It’s good to see Labour taking a lead where the SNP have failed. If this motion passes the Scottish Government will be obliged to do what we all know they need to do - operate the break clause and bring ScotRail back into public ownership. And if the SNP don’t deliver on the motion and finally relieve Scottish commuters of their rail misery they will pay for it at the next election.

“It’s now almost a year since the publication of our report with Common Weal “A public future for Scotland’s Railways” which showed we could get better value and 6.5% cheaper tickets with ScotRail in the public sector.

“I hope that on Wednesday MSPs of all parties will set aside political dogma and vote with their consciences for what is best for commuters, casual rail users and taxpayers alike – a return to ScotRail being run in the public sector.”

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