Rail deal may have come too late for Open travellers

Responding to confirmation that Aslef members have accepted a new pay deal but that it may be ten days before rail services are restored, North East Fife MP and Scottish Liberal Democrat deputy leader Wendy Chamberlain said:

“This announcement means that tourists and commuters can breathe a sigh of relief after weeks of cancellations.

“However it may have come too late in the day for those travelling to The Open in St Andrews. Hundreds of thousands of visitors are expected in my constituency this week but there is still no guarantee that they will be able to rely on the rail network to get there.

“The Transport Secretary needs to set out what will be done to prevent visitors to the home of golf getting stranded this week. We need to see a comprehensive timetable of when services will be up and running again so that no one finds themselves waiting on a train which will never come.

“So many commuters have had their plans thrown up in the air by weeks of cancellations. The government should refund a proportion of season ticket prices to reflect that so many services are cancelled.

“Then it is time to kickstart a conversation on the future of Scotland’s rail network and how to deliver a reliable service which will finally tempt people out of private cars. These discussions have been put off for far too long.”

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