Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP has today reiterated calls for Scotland’s rail franchise to be put in fresh hands, after new statistics uncovered through a freedom of information request revealed barely any of the ScotRail services running between Glasgow Queen Street and Edinburgh Waverley meet the 42-minute “standard” journey time.
Under the new timetable, just 2 of the 63 trains travelling from Glasgow to Edinburgh on a weekday are scheduled to travel in 42 minutes or less, equating to just 3% of the available trains.
Just 8 of the 63 trains travelling from Edinburgh to Glasgow on a weekday are scheduled to travel in 42 minutes or less.
In November 2018 ScotRail Director, Alex Hynes, was questioned by the Rural Economy & Connectivity Committee as to how many journeys between Edinburgh and Glasgow were intended to become 42 minute trips. Mr Hynes stated that “the standard service pattern will be 42 minutes wherever possible”.
Mike Rumbles commented:
“It’s hard to believe ScotRail’s performance could get worse but we now have proof in black and white they’re not even close to living up to their promises to make 42 minute trips between Edinburgh and Glasgow the ‘standard service’.
“ScotRail have made miniscule changes to that in their new timetable and tried to herald it a ‘trainsformation’. Absolutely not.
“Under the old timetable just 1 of the 63 trains travelling from Glasgow to Edinburgh was scheduled to make the journey within 42 minutes. Now it is 2.
“Passengers want reliable, punctual train travel that does what it says on the posters. It’s time Scotland’s rail franchise was in fresh hands.”