ScotRail pledges to fix Fife Circle in the New Year

Train bosses are aiming to restore Fife Circle services to normal by January 7, according to Lesley Laird, MP for Kirkcaldy and Cowdenbeath.
The pledge was made by Alex Hynes, managing director of the ScotRail Alliance, during a call with the MP today (Friday) to discuss constituents’ concerns about train reliability issues in recent weeks.
Mr Hynes has also agreed ‘in principle’ to Lesley’s request that ScotRail attend a public meeting in Fife in the New Year. Work is being progressed to set a date for that event.
Lesley said: “ScotRail said “fixing Fife” was top of ScotRail’s agenda after admitting services in our area were “unacceptably poor”, also that Fife had been hardest hit of all regions.
“Fife’s recent issues were 100 per cent attributable to ScotRail and Abellio – not mostly the fault of Network Rail, as the SNP would often like us to believe.
“All cancellations resulted from crew unavailability because a drivers’ training programme for high speed and electrical trains is behind schedule. However, ScotRail believes Fife passengers will see a steady reduction in cancellations over the coming days and aims to achieve zero cancellations by January 7.
“I’m well aware constituents are utterly fed up having to endure late, cancelled and overcrowded trains and for their sake, I hope ScotRail’s New Year’s resolution holds good, not just for January 7 but for the coming year. I’ll be following progress closely in the months ahead.”