Cole-Hamilton challenges First Minister to travel with rail passengers across Scotland

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton today challenged the First Minister to visit stations and travel on trains across Scotland to hear first hand from passengers about the impact of the withdrawal of almost 700 daily services indefinitely - just 47 days after ScotRail was nationalised by the SNP/Green Government.

On a visit to Glasgow Queen Street on 1 April, Nicola Sturgeon declared that the Scottish Government taking control of ScotRail was “historic”, “momentous” and would see trains run for the benefit of passengers. Transport Minister Jenny Gilruth called it “a day of celebration”.

A third of the timetable has now been removed.

Alex Cole-Hamilton commented:

“The promise to passengers of a stronger greener rail network is in tatters just 47 days after the SNP/Green Government took it over.

“For all their talk about the climate emergency and the importance of public transport, they have just made it much harder to leave the car at home. Green voters especially will be dismayed by this betrayal.

“The government announced that they would take over ScotRail two years ago but neglected to come up with a better plan than abolishing a third of the timetable. It beggars belief.

“Nicola Sturgeon jetted off to America to spend days talking about independence and to tastelessly claim the war in Ukraine strengthens the case for separation. I think people would rather she spent days travelling with passengers across Scotland hearing how these SNP/Green rail cuts will impact on their families, work and travel plans.

“Running the railways means taking responsibility for the hard decisions and doing the hard graft of planning. The First Minister can’t turn up for the photo opportunities but be nowhere to be seen when passengers are packed onto trains like sardines or worse still not have any train at all.”

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