ScotRail performance figures ‘no reason to celebrate’

Lesley Laird MP says Fife train passengers deserve “sustained” performance from ScotRail – and should be paying less for fares.

ScotRail recently revealed that stop-skipping had reduced by 63 per cent in the last few months in Fife – from 376 missed stations in the four-week period to December 9 last year  to 138 in the four weeks to March 3.

In a meeting yesterday with Fife MSPs at the Scottish Parliament, ScotRail Alliance’s Managing Director Alex Hynes said he could not eliminate stop-skipping but promised it would be reduced and only used as a “very last resort”.

Lesley commented: “While I welcome any improvements in rail services, ScotRail’s statistics for stop-skipping and punctuality over winter were so poor, a 63 per cent drop sounds impressive but hardly gives commuters something to celebrate. 

“What we need is sustained performance in ScotRail – and transparency. Stop skipping figures should be routinely available to the public, as opposed to being pulled out of the hat when it suits a public relations exercise.”

At the Holyrood meeting Mr Hynes also pledged an extra 5,000 seats a day will be added to Fife services next year, with more services operating with six carriages.

Lesley commented: “ScotRail should also be addressing the other long-standing problem, namely Fifers having to pay over the odds for rail travel compared to neighbouring regions.

“That situation has been ignored for too long and remains unacceptable, even when services run smoothly.”