Responding to confirmation from Joanne Maguire, Chief Operating Officer of ScotRail, that services will be cut by 30 per cent from next week, amounting to 617 daily services being withdrawn indefinitely, Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Jill Reilly said:
“It is an ill omen that just two months after SNP/Green ministers took over the running of ScotRail, we are seeing a swathe of service cuts.
“Scotland should be encouraging people onto the most environmentally friendly form of mass transportation. You don’t do that by making rail travel less convenient for users. People need to know that there will be a train when they need it. Instead, this will be the single biggest cut to public transport for a generation and its going to cause people no end of problems.
“Scottish Liberal Democrats are committed to delivering a public transport system that works for all communities, for all ages, and for the climate. That’s why we want to see fares cut, new options for two/three-day a week season tickets and for the government to work with councils to explore new lines, particularly in areas where public transport links are poor.”