Government ‘asleep at wheel’ on rail threat
North- east commuters could find themselves stranded after the transport minister admitted no solution has been found to plug the gap l e f t by timetable changes to CrossCountry train services later this year.
The operator has proposed scrapping four trains between Aberdeen and the south-west of England, via Edinburgh, at the end of the year.
Scottish Liberal Democrat MSP Mike Rumbles has raised fears the changes could leave people struggling to find train services to Edinburgh.
And he has accused the SNP Government of being “asleep at the wheel” after TransportMinister Humza Yousaf admitted struggling ScotRail would be unable to take on the services.
Mr Yousaf claimed Mr Rumbles’ comments were “false accusations”.
But North East MSP Mr Rumbles responded: “The Scottish Government is asleep at the wheel while thousands of rail passengers from the north-east and Fife could be left high and dry. The minister has more or less admitted he is in the dark about how the service franchise is run.”
“The government will need to get a grip quickly.”
Mr Rumbles urged Mr Yousaf to work with his Westminster counterpart to resolve the situation.
A spokesman for Mr Yousaf said: “The Scottish Government has responded to the DFT (Department for Transport) consultation to say we oppose any diminution in service.”
Transport Minister Humza Yousaf is ‘in the dark’