Great to hear the Ministerial Speech this afternoon from Humza Yousaf, the Minister for Transport and the Islands that the focus of the Scottish Government is driving up standards for passengers, and demanding immediate improvements from ScotRail.
Since we took office we’ve invested over £7.7 billion to maintain and upgrade tracks, stations and trains in Scotland. And in the period to 2019, we’ll invest an additional £5 billion. On a per head basis, over the same period, that’s double what the UK government has invested in the rail network.
While ScotRail’s performance already outpaces the GB average, and is higher than under previous Labour/LibDem administrations, the new franchise now requires ScotRail to deliver high levels of passenger satisfaction and contains the toughest quality regime in the UK.
The power to allow a public sector bid for rail franchises was secured by the SNP government, after being repeatedly denied by successive Labour and Tory governments.