Commenting on a report published by Which?, showing that ScotRail performance is ranked 23rd of 30 UK operators, Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP said:
“The Scottish Government had an opportunity to put this right in the autumn but ministers were more concerned about bad publicity than addressing passenger needs.
"Instead of warning Abellio ScotRail of fines and a withdrawal of the contract unless rail performance improved, it decided the company would have a free pass to ignore penalties for missing targets until June 2019.
“I welcome this report, it highlights that the Scottish Government need to start taking their responsibility for the problems in our rail network seriously. It is no good blaming Network Rail which operate across the whole of the UK when it is only ScotRail that is plummeting in the UK rankings.”