Finnie calls on government to speed up public sector rail bid

John Finnie MSP, Scottish Green Party Transport spokesperson, has this afternoon (26 Jun 2018) called on The Scottish Government to speed up their work on a public sector rail bid, accusing ministers of pushing proposals into the long grass.

The Minister for Transport and Islands has twice advised Mr Finnie that he will identify a suitable public sector body, firstly by spring (1) and secondly before summer recess (2).

John Finnie, MSP for the Highlands and Islands, said:

“The Scottish Government has indicated that it plans to bring forward a public sector bid, yet time after time the Minister has kicked this into the long grass. In the meantime, Abellio ScotRail has missed its punctuality targets for every reporting period in the last year. With only two days to go before summer recess it is time for the Minister to stop sitting on his hands and deliver what he promised.”

Notes:

(1) http://www.parliament.scot/parliamentarybusiness/28877.aspx?SearchType=Advance&ReferenceNumbers=S5W-14852&ResultsPerPage=10

(2) http://www.parliament.scot/parliamentarybusiness/28877.aspx?SearchType=Advance&ReferenceNumbers=S5W-16005&ResultsPerPage=10