Trans­port min­is­ter’s coat is on a shoo­gly peg

The Press and Journal (Inverness, Highlands, and Islands) - - Opinion -

There will soon be a new boss at ScotRail, but will it mean pas­sen­gers fi­nally get the ser­vice they de­serve?

The last few weeks of Phil Ver­ster’s reign as the boss of ScotRail Al­liance were dogged by dis­ap­point­ing rail per­for­mance and a row be­tween ScotRail and the trans­port min­is­ter, Humza Yousaf, over Scot­tish Gov­ern­ment plans to pay for a week’s free travel out of a fund used by ScotRail to pay for sta­tion im­prove­ments.

Hav­ing my­self cam­paigned to im­prove dis­abled ac­cess to In­sch sta­tion, I can un­der­stand the anger some rail users (and ScotRail them­selves) must feel at hav­ing es­sen­tial im­prove­ment funds used to fund a gov­ern­ment give­away.

Ni­cola Stur­geon ob­vi­ously prizes loy­alty and it has been some time since an SNP min­is­ter was forced out.

But, with a new man­ag­ing di­rec­tor in place, un­less rail pas­sen­gers start to see a marked im­prove­ment in the ser­vice they re­ceive, Mr Yousaf will feel his coat could be on a shoo­gly peg.

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