Rail chaos will put off major events organisers warn Lib Dems

Speaking after ScotRail finally published Saturday's train timetable, Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Alex Cole-Hamilton has today urged ministers to make a deal and warned that if rail chaos drags on it will discourage major events organisers from choosing to host events in Scotland. 

On Saturday, the final train on the Glasgow Queen Street to Edinburgh line leaving in each direction is at 10.15pm. This is approximately half an hour before the Alice Cooper gig at the OVO Hydro is expected to finish. 

The final train from Edinburgh to Perth and Dundee via the Fife circle now leaves at 9.03pm, with the last train from Dundee to Edinburgh on the same route leaving at 8.45pm. 

The last train from Glasgow Queen Street through Bishopbriggs, Lenzie, Stirling and Alloa which is usually around midnight has been brought forward to 7.49pm. 

Mr Cole-Hamilton said: 

"Scotland's reputation as a host of major events is being trashed under the wheels of SNP incompetence. If this rail ​chaos goes on, organisers will think twice before planning to host events here. Ministers need to make a deal happen. 

"Saturday's timetable is a nightmare for anyone trying to get home from Scotland's cities. Gig and theatre goers face having to take the car or end up out of pocket for taxis or hotels. 

"Meanwhile runners and fans attending Sunday's Edinburgh marathon still don't have a timetable at all. It's farcical that they still don't know when trains will actually be running. 

"If we want people to travel by rail it needs to be convenient and reliable. Instead, the SNP and Greens have taken just two months to wreck Scotland's rail network." 

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