Resolving Disruption in Everyone’s Interests
Local MP Alyn Smith has met with representatives from Scotrail, after continued disruption and service reductions across Stirling and the Forth Valley area have left residents and commuters dismayed.
Speaking with Scotrail Service Delivery Director David Simpson, Mr Smith conveyed constituents’ concerns over limited early morning and evening service coverage, as well as ongoing issues in Dunblane over service pass throughs and connections to Glasgow.
Scotrail acknowledged the difficulty of the present circumstances, given the combination of Covid absences (albeit reduced from the height of the pandemic), delays to driver training, reductions in patronage and ongoing labour disputes. It is hoped sensible proposals will be agreed between Scotrail and involved parties which can protect the future of Scotland’s railways and the passenger experience.
Mr Smith was assured to hear Scotrail plans to continue to engage with the public and policymakers to adjust temporary timetables where possible, to meet travel needs as far as is practicable over the summer.
Stirling MP Alyn Smith said:
‘I’m grateful to the Scotrail team for their time today for the opportunity to relay the concerns of Stirling residents and commuters. I understand Scotrail are prioritising service reliability over quantity – as fuel costs for drivers continues to rise, people are rightly using public transport as a greener alternative to complete their journeys, but need greater certainty to plan their travel.
‘I urge all stakeholders involved to negotiate in good faith, and get our much-needed rail services back on track. Scotland’s railways have a bright future ahead, and it will take cooperation and mutual trust between workers and management to deliver it.’
Attached is a picture of Alyn Smith MP in a virtual meeting with Scotrail representatives.