“The Scottish Government must step in to prevent Scotland’s rail services descending into a shambles”, was the message from Joe after new ScotRail operator Abellio reduced their services on Sunday by a third.
ervices in North Ayrshire were affected with a reduced service on the Glasgow-Ayr line and trains to Ardrossan Harbour cancelled.
Councillor Cullinane has written to SNP Transport Minister Derek Mackay MSP urging his Government to intervene. Speaking after sending his letter Joe said,
“The Scottish Government must step in to prevent Scotland’s rail services descending into a shambles.”
“Abellio only took over the franchise two months ago and already they have managed to lose the confidence of rail unions, are planning job losses and have reduced Sunday services by a third.”
“When the SNP awarded Abellio the ScotRail contract they hailed it as a “world leading contract for passengers and staff”, two months on it is already looking like a disaster. Maybe they should have listened to Labour and the trade unions and delayed the tendering process to allow Scotland’s railways to be brought back into public ownership.”
“With Abellio set to receive over £6billion in tax payers money during the 10 year ScotRail contract it would be unacceptable for the Scottish Government to sit back and take no action on this matter. That’s why I have written to the Transport Minister urging him to intervene to protect Scotland’s rail services and stand up for our rail staff.”
You can co-sign Joe's letter at - http://www.joecullinane.co.uk/scotrail_sunday_services