Transport minister’s coat is on a shoogly peg
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.