Train waste scandal has whiff of incompetence

Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Mike Rumbles has today pressed the First Minister over ScotRail's performance falling to its lowest level since the current franchise began and the news that unrefurbished trains will be dumping waste on to the tracks triggering an outcry from rail unions.

The First Minister said that the "unrefurbished trains would be introduced for an interim period".

Mr Rumbles said:

"Carriages are jam-packed because the new fleets are well behind schedule and now we are getting 1970s trains that are dumping waste.

"This practice is unacceptable in a 21st century rail system. I'm disappointed that the First Minister was unable to say how long this practice will continue or what measures will be put in place to reduce the disgusting impact of this on railway workers and those who live close to lines.

"The whiff of incompetence is strong here."

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