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ScotRail should be handed over

20 November 2017

Responding to comments made by Humza Yousaf in an interview for Holyrood magazine, that Scotland’s Transport Minister confirms the break clause on the ScotRail contract could be activated in 2020.

TSSA leader Manuel Cortes said:

“Yes the ScotRail break clause should be activated, that’s what it’s there for! Abellio, ScotRail’s owners are running it into the ground.

“Last week they even put out a call for staff to take voluntary redundancy – they are trying to make our members pay for their mess.

“Research by Common Weal, which we will be launching in Edinburgh on Tuesday 28 November shows that public ownership of ScotRail is better for passengers, better for tax payers, better for staff. So why haven't the Scottish Government done it yet?

“We have no indication of where they want cuts, or how many numbers they want to lose because there is no strategy. Humza needs to bite the bullet and bring ScotRail into public ownership."

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Notes to editors:
ScotRail made a £9.5m profit in 2015, but reported £2.6m pre-tax loss for 2016.

TSSA will be launching the Common Weal report which highlights that train fares in Scotland could be cut by 25 per cent if a Nordic style, state-owned company took over ScotRail services on Tuesday 28 November at Serenity Café. Contact tarrys@tssa.org.uk for more information.

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