Transport Minister dodges setting deadline for ScotRail carriage crisis

Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP said the Transport Minister must set Scotrail a deadline for the carriage crisis to end after Humza Yousaf twice refused to do so during Topical Questions today.

Speaking after Topical Questions, Mr Rumbles said:

“The carriage crisis is having a serious impact on the thousands of commuters that depend on this service, and it is entirely possible they will have an especially tough few days as the Siberian snow conditions close in.

“The Minister’s assertion that ScotRail and Hitachi are working on the issue doesn’t offer any credible guarantee given how far he has overshot his previous promises to deliver a fully operational fleet by last December.

“The Minister dodged the question twice and refused to set a deadline for the conclusion of this capacity crisis. He has offered little reassurance today to the commuters who face the unenviable choice of getting on packed trains or taking the long route.

“I want to see a clear plan and timetable for when this will be resolved so that busy working people can get on with their lives without worrying about administrative incompetence. This should include repercussions for the company in the event that Scotrail fail to deliver once again."

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