TRAIN drivers called on the Scottish government yesterday to come clean about plans to improve underperforming operator ScotRail.
The rail company, part of Dutch state operator Abellio, has been criticised for its poor performance and was issued with an improvement notice in September by the SNP government.
Kevin Lindsay, Scotland organiser for drivers’ union Aslef, has urged the SNP to publish the improvement plans and tell the public why the service has deteriorated.
Currently only one in three trains on ScotRail services arrives on time and a major lack of trains and carriages has resulted in increased overcrowding.
“This puts front-line staff at risk from angry commuters, especially our members on driver-only trains, where Abellio fails to provide a second person on the train,” said Mr Lindsay.
Scottish Transport Minister Humza Yousaf said: “ScotRail’s performance this year has not been at the level the Scottish government demands and expects which is why I have taken decisive action in calling for the operator to deliver an improvement plan outlining how they will improve passenger services going forward.”
Fed-up passengers however want the government to go one step further and terminate its contract with Abellio. A petition with these demands has so far attracted 14,000 signatures.