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TSSA condemns ScotRail fares hike for "ghost town" service

2 January 2019

Commenting on the 2.8% fares increase facing Scottish passengers tomorrow TSSA General Secretary, Manuel Cortes said, "“Scottish passengers face a fare hike when they return to work tomorrow for a train service that is more like a ghost town than a thriving railway system.

“ScotRail is in crisis. As we saw on New Year’s Eve passengers are being let down too often, and left stranded too frequently, for things to carry on as they are.

“The stress is taking its toll on our members who are doing their best given the systemic failure now besetting ScotRail. – failures that are entirely the fault of decisions made at the top.

“Freezing fares for passengers would help the hard-pressed commuter, but it’s only one part of what it takes to run a railway: We need trains that turn up, run on time, have enough seats, we need staff in ticket offices and on the platforms. Only then could we claim that Scotland has a first class rail service.

“Nicola Sturgeon needs to take action now. Her Transport Minister Michael Matheson has lost control. And Abellio who run ScotRail should be stripped of the franchise which month on month only excels now in setting new record lows.”


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