LINDA FABIANI MSP RECEIVES ASSURANCES SCOTRAIL TO INCREASE CARRIAGE CAPACITY TO MEET DEMAND
East Kilbride MSP Linda Fabiani has received assurances from Humza Yousaf MSP, Minister for Transport and the Islands that Scotrail will soon increase capacity to meet demand on the East Kilbride/Glasgow line.
Linda’s concerns over delays at ticket barriers, often as a result of inoperative ticket machines along the route was addressed, and received assurances that Ministers are discussing options with Network Rail over electrification of the East Kilbride/Glasgow line.
“I am pleased that commuters’ concerns are being answered and that more rolling stock will be available soon. It is my understanding that the first of new, longer and greener electric fleet has now started the final stage of testing on the Edinburgh – Glasgow line, and I am glad the Minister fully expects Scotrail to increase capacity to meet demand, “including the East Kilbride corridor.”
“I am pleased too that concerns regarding delays at ticket barriers due to inoperative ticket machines have been answered and that Transport Scotland audit their services and facilities on a four weekly basis through the Service Quality Incentive Regime – the toughest regimes of its kind within the United Kingdom. I was reminded too that commuters can use the Abellio smartcard, introduced on all routes and in 2017 is being made available across the network for the majority of ticket types.
“The Scottish Government is discussing all options with Network Rail in relation to all options for the East Kilbride line and “longer term options for electrification” which I am pleased to hear. This however is dependent on funding, and the Scottish Government is continuing to press the UK Government for a fair funding deal as the current offer is £600 million below early industry estimates for renewing and enhancing the rail network to meet future demands.
“I will continue to press both Scotrail and the Scottish Government until East Kilbride has a train service constituents can rely upon.”