Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP has today warned that rail staff should not have to fear violence as he revealed that the British Transport Police (BTP) have been called to more than 1,400 violent incidents directed at staff in the past five years.
A Scottish Liberal Democrat freedom of information request revealed that BTP officers have attended 1,438 incidents in Scotland involving members of the public displaying violent behaviour towards railway staff, since 2014/15.
In 4 out of the last 5 years, the number violent incidents has been highest on a Saturday night.
Commenting on the figures, Mr Rumbles said:
“Having a wild one at the end of the week is no excuse for intimidation and violence.
“Hardworking staff should not expect to have to deal with railway users behaving badly on such a regular basis.
“SNP ministers and rail bosses need to review the safeguards that are currently in place to identify where improvements can be made.”