Responding to the first day of cancelled train services and Transport minister Jenny Gilruth's interview on Good Morning Scotland, in which she described rail service cancellations as offering "greater certainty" to passengers, repeatedly stated that she was not involved in discussions about pay and failed to confirm that extra trains would be available for major events such as Scotland's forthcoming world cup qualifier and the Edinburgh festival, Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Jill Reilly said:
"This is what you get with an SNP/Green government. There's no urgency, the Transport minister seems content to sit on the side lines and wait for this issue to resolve itself.
"Not only are these cancellations, hurting cultural industries and aggravating commuters, they are forcing more and more people back into cars.
"If we want people to travel by rail it needs to be convenient and reliable. At the moment it's neither and the blame for that lies with the Scottish Government. Scottish Liberal Democrats are clear that to tackle the climate emergency we need more people to use the most environmentally friendly form of mass transportation. Instead the SNP have taken just two months to take us back to the seventies."