Anger over train delays
RAIL services from Aberdeen started in another city yesterday as the east coast line suffered further staff shortages. Passengers spoke of a “Groundhog Day” as Scotrail offered what have recently been daily apologies for disruption. As a result of the company’s ongoing crew issues, a number of trains between Aberdeen and the central belt were scrapped. Three services between the Granite City and Glasgow Queen Street were cancelled outright, with another three terminating in either Dundee or Perth. And two services between Aberdeen and Edinburgh were altered, with one train not running and the other starting instead from Dundee. Ian White, who was travelling from Aberdeen to Glasgow, said it was “the same old excuses” from Scotrail. The traveller, who is registered blind, said: “A new year and same old excuses by Scotrail. Staff shortages caused the 15.43 from Aberdeen to be cancelled. “It’s simply not good enough. This is becoming a regular occurrence.” A Scotrail spokesman admitted the situation was “far from ideal”.