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Pressing for fair deal for train passengers

March 27, 2012 4:05 PM
Originally published by Scottish Liberal Democrats

Commenting, as Transport Minister Keith Brown MSP confirms that he has ruled out plans for cross border trains heading to and from the north of Scotland to stop at Edinburgh, Scottish Liberal Democrat Transport spokesperson Jim Hume MSP said:

Jim Hume MSPJim Hume MSP"I am pleased that the Transport Minister has dropped these plans. These flawed plans would have penalised passengers and would have meant longer more complicated journeys. This is not a precedent we want to set as we try and encourage more people to use trains.

"Ministers must stop thinking in such a short term way about Scotland's railways. The constitutional uncertainty that the Government's own Transport consultation has highlighted is the SNP's own making and is clearly putting a better rail network in jeopardy. This is not in the long term interests of Scotland.

"The Transport Minister now needs to start thinking about a long term solution for our railways so that passengers get a fairer deal, like longer term franchises. Longer term franchises would give operators the confidence to invest in better services, operating on more routes.

"Scottish Liberal Democrats will continue to campaign to make the future rail contract longer in length to allow for greater investment in better services for Scotland's passengers."