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Rennie reveals trains removed from service in Scotland

January 7, 2019 10:00 AM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Scottish Liberal Democrat leader Willie Rennie has today attacked the SNP's mismanagement of the country's railways as it was revealed that earlier this week, as the new rail timetable began, six ScotRail trains left Scotland permanently for service in York.

The rail enthusiast website railcam.uk has posted videos of Scotrail trains on their journey permanently out of Scotland for service in York.

Mr Rennie said:

"With the new timetable launching and the Scottish rail network struggling, it is astonishing that ScotRail chose this moment to hand back six 158 class trains to Northern Rail. This seems like a huge forward planning failure.

"The result means chaos for commuters at Dalmeny, Fife and Inverkeithing, who found there was no room for them to get on to shortened trains. Why on earth are Scotrail handing back trains when all the new trains haven't even arrived yet? It also begs the question why the First Minister and Michael Matheson failed to mention this when they were challenged in the Scottish Parliament this week.

"Passengers just want trains to be reliable and value for money but recently they've been getting neither. The Transport Secretary must address the catalogue of errors and mismanagement that has been holding up Scottish passengers."