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TSSA Slams Scottish Government And Calls For Urgent Inquiry Over Queen Street Train Fire

18 June 2019

TSSA has hit out at the Scottish Government for "reckless penny-pinching" after one of the 40 year-old High Speed Trains bought last year caught fire at Glasgow's Queen Street this morning.

General Secretary, Manuel Cortes, commented: “We said from the start that Scotland deserved better than these museum pieces.

“It’s not even the first time one of these trains have caught fire. First had the same experience in Exeter in 2017 and even that didn’t put Transport Secretary Michael Matheson off. Now – inevitably – we are seeing the cost of doing things on the cheap.

“Scotrail’s boss, Alex Hynes, has gone on the record saying ‘people don’t care how old their trains are’. He’s right - they care if the train is up to the job and they care about getting to work safely. Sadly, today’s incident shows that the High Speed Trains are neither safe nor reliable.

"The Scottish Government's reckless penny-pinching in leasing 40-year old second-hand stock rather than investing in new trains put passengers and staff at risk today. There can be no repeat.

“Matheson must conduct an urgent inquiry and Abellio must take all the High Speed Trains out of service until we know what went wrong at Queen Street.”

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