FABIANI BACKS SCOTTISH GOVERNMENT’S CALLS FOR FURTHER DEVOLUTION OF NETWORK RAIL

54% OF SCOTRAIL DELAY MINUTES ATTRIBUTABLE TO NETWORK RAIL

 

East Kilbride MSP Linda Fabiani is backing Minister for Transport and the Islands, Humza Yousaf’s calls for basic decisions about the functions of Scotland’s railways to be taken here in Scotland.

 

Linda said:

 

“I have for the past few months been arguing the case that the East Kilbride to Glasgow line needs significant improvements to give users the experience they deserve. Scotrail have made some pledges and I am monitoring the ongoing situation along with East Kilbride commuters.

 

“A significant proportion of problems, however, are the responsibility of Network Rail, who are answerable to the UK Government. The Scottish Government wants greater accountability of Network Rail in Scotland and in the interests of passengers and the public purse I back that position.”

 

“Network Rail is responsible for 54% of ScotRail delay minutes, and the Scottish Government is keen for critical functions such as capacity planning, major projects delivery, timetabling, and legal and property management relating to Scotland, to be devolved.

 

“Mr Yousaf said further devolution of Network Rail’s functions under a unified management structure would improve the efficiency and effectiveness of railway operations in Scotland, saving around £100m a year.”
ENDS

 

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