Rumbles: Hat-trick of rail rolling stock delays as Sleeper late

Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP has today condemned the Scottish Government's "hat-trick of train delays" as the Transport Secretary today revealed that new carriages for the Caledonian Sleeper rail franchise, due to be introduced from the end of October, will be delayed until well into 2019.

The news comes on the heels of delays which will see completion of the rollout of the new superfast Edinburgh-Glasgow electric trains up to a year late. It was then announced last week that the trains to be introduced to Scoltand's long distance routes, first brought into service in the 1970s, may go live without first being refurbished as planned.

Mr Rumbles said:

"The Scottish Government has now announced a hat-trick of delays. All of the new and refurbished trains which were supposed to alleviate delays, overcrowding and uncomfortable journeys are now running late.

"Upgrades are months behind schedule. Commuters and tourists are shelling out more of their hard earned money than ever before and many are struggling to see what they are getting in return.

"People want to see evidence that their ticket costs are being invested in improving services and infrastructure, but promises have yet to be delivered. The Transport Secretary ought to be having sleepless nights over these delays."

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