WHO PAYS THE FERRYMAN?

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Alex McWhirter’s ar­ti­cle “Sleeper Suc­cess” in the May is­sue of Busi­ness Trav­eller per­pet­u­ates the fac­toid rolled out by the PR depart­ment of Scot­tish Ex­ec­u­tive [Gov­ern­ment] that they ini­ti­ated, and paid £50 mil­lion for, the new Cale­do­nian Sleeper.

In the Scot­tish “Rail 2014” con­sul­ta­tion doc­u­ment re­leased in Ed­in­burgh on Novem­ber, 15, 2011, Trans­port Scot­land dis­cussed re­duc­ing, or even re­mov­ing, the sleeper ser­vices. Specif­i­cally, there would have been none at all London to Glas­gow. In the UK Chan­cel­lor’s Au­tumn State­ment later in Novem­ber 2011, Ge­orge Os­borne of­fered £50 mil­lion of UK tax­pay­ers’ money to up­grade the ser­vice if, and only if, the Scot­tish Ex­ec­u­tive chipped in too.

It was not un­til De­cem­ber, 15, 2011 that the Scot­tish Ex­ec­u­tive agreed to match the of­fer.

It was Ge­orge Os­borne and the UK tax­payer who saved the Scot­tish Sleep­ers.

Brian Yates, Ed­in­burgh

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