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TSSA warns ScotRail delays will continue despite extra funding for maintenance

26 March 2019

TSSA today welcomed the Scottish GovernmentÂ’s announcement of more funding for ScotlandÂ’s railways but warned passengers can continue to expect yet more delays while Abellio are in charge.


The funding – a 21% increase on the previous budget - announced by Transport Secretary, Michael Matheson, is intended to pay for a range of maintenance and renewal projects across Scotland’s rail network.

TSSA General Secretary, Manuel Cortes, said: “This will come as good news for Scottish commuters who have been hardest hit in ScotRail’s year of record-breaking bad service. However, the simplest way to end delays on ScotRail is to get rid of Abellio and bring our railway into public ownership. Otherwise the delays will continue.

"Whilst Abellio continue to sacrifice customer service and sensible staffing levels in pursuit of profit Scottish passengers will go on suffering. Bringing ScotRail into public ownership will not only greatly improve performance but end the intolerable practice of Scottish taxpayers money leaking out of the railway network in the form of profits for the Dutch government.”

 

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