TRANSPORT SHAMBLES: HELENSBURGH AND BALLOCH PASSENGERS CONTINUE TO FACE LATE RUNNING TRAINS

By Paul Cassidy 

Latest figures released by Scotrail on its performance, has shown that passengers in Balloch and Helensburgh are continuing to be let down by operator Abellio whilst they remain in charge of our railways.

Figures show that between 13 Dec 2020 to 09 Jan 2021 that only 57.2% of trains arrived at Balloch train station on time and only 51.7% at Helensburgh.

These figures are further proof of Abello’s continued failure to deal with the long running problems on Scotland railways.

Jackie Baillie MSP for Dumbarton, Vale of Leven, Helensburgh and Lomond, said:   “Abellio’s time in charge of ScotRail has been a shambles from the day the SNP handed the Dutch firm the keys to Scotland’s railways and the latest figures only show that hard-pressed local passengers are continuing to be let down.

“The SNP promised a world leading service but have failed to deliver. I have been on the side of passengers raising problems with both ScotRail and the Scottish Government about the issues facing local commuters from delays, cancellations, stop skipping and over-crowded trains, but passengers are still receiving terrible services, despite repeated fair rises over the year.

“While the Scottish Government did finally listen to my concerns and that of local people, when they announced the early termination of Abellio’s contract. Hard-pressed passengers will still have to wait until 2022 for the early termination to take effect.

“That’s why it is vital that in the remaining months Abellio is in charge, the Scottish Government must do everything to ensure it improves its’ performance, so that passengers get the services they deserve and pay highly for.

“Once this contract comes to and end next year, it’s vital that the Scottish Government finally bring ScotRail back into public hands and put passengers before profit.”

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