FM lets the train take the strain. Just once

The Sunday Post (Newcastle) - - NEWS -

The First Min­is­ter has trav­elled by train only once while on of­fi­cial busi­ness in the first half of this year, de­spite pledg­ing to im­prove rail travel just this week.

Ni­cola Stur­geon has taken more than 200 pri­vate car jour­neys and flew 15 times be­tween Jan­uary and June, ac­cord­ing to of­fi­cial records, but only boarded one train dur­ing the same time.

The fig­ures were re­vealed just days af­ter she an­nounced on Mon­day that fea­si­bil­ity stud­ies are be­ing com­mis­sioned to im­prove train ca­pac­ity, re­li­a­bil­ity and jour­ney times on routes in the UK.

Mar­garet Thatcher fa­mously squeezed in­vest­ment in rail dur­ing her reign in the 1980s and is said not to have taken a sin­gle trip on a train dur­ing her 11 years as Prime Min­is­ter.

She was re­spon­si­ble for sell­ing off state-owned busi­nesses re­lated to the rail­ways, in­clud­ing ca­ter­ing, en­gi­neer­ing and Bri­tish Trans­port Ho­tels.

Her suc­ces­sor, John Ma­jor, fi­nally broke up and sold Bri­tish Rail be­tween 1994 and 1997.

Ms Stur­geon’s sole rail jour­ney was be­tween London and Ed­in­burgh, a route she trav­elled by air nine times.

More re­cent jour­neys have not been pub­lished on po­lice ad­vice.

Scot­land’s Trans­port Min­is­ter Humza Yousaf took 33 train trips.

Ni­cola Stur­geon

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