Anger over train de­lays

Evening Express (City Final) - - News -

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”.

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