Leonard hits out at de­lays on rail­ways

Airdrie & Coatbridge Advertiser - - News - Ju­dith Ton­ner

Scot­tish Labour leader Richard Leonard has hit out at rail­way re­li­a­bil­ity fol­low­ing pub­li­ca­tion of the net­work’s lat­est per­for­mance sta­tis­tics.

Fig­ures for the 12 months to Novem­ber 10 show that 53 per cent of trains at Air­drie ar­rived on time – de­fined as “within 59 sec­onds of the booked ar­rival time, hav­ing called at all sta­tions on the route” – and 54.4 per cent of those at Whif­flet.

The sta­tis­tics for ser­vices ar­riv­ing at the two Mon­k­lands ter­mi­nus sta­tions within five min­utes of their sched­uled time were 84.8 per cent and 87.1 per cent re­spec­tively.

Mr Leonard’s party had led an un­suc­cess­ful at­tempt at the Scot­tish Par­lia­ment ask­ing to use the break clause in Abel­lio’s con­tract and take rail ser­vices back into pub­lic own­er­ship.

The Cen­tral Scot­land MSP said: “We’re con­stantly told that pri­vate own­er­ship is more ef­fi­cient than pub­lic, but pas­sen­gers are suf­fer­ing from over­priced tick­ets, over­crowded trains, de­lays and can­cel­la­tions.

“ScotRail in pri­vate hands will al­ways put profit be­fore pas­sen­gers. We will end this failed pri­vati­sa­tion model.”

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