That the Parliament congratulates the University of Stirling’s men’s football club on winning what it considers the prestigious Scottish Queens Park Shield for the third consecutive year on 2 April 2014; understand that 2013-14 has been the team’s most successful season and that this is the first time that a team from Scotland has won the rarely-achieved “treble” of the British North Premier League, British Universities Cup and the shield in the same season, and wishes the team all the best in 2014-15 as it competes in the Scottish Football Lowland League.
A parliamentary question by Mid Scotland and Fife Labour MSP, Dr Richard Simpson has shown that in the past three years ScotRail have on more than 100 occasions reduced the amount of carriages it operates on the peak time trains on the Dunblane and Edinburgh route.
Figures provided to Dr Richard Simpson show that in the last three years there has been 95 occasions where 4 carriages have been reduced to 3, and 28 occasions where the reduction was to two carriages.
The evening train, popular with commuters travelling home after working in the city, has been reduced on 18 occasions over the same time period.
Every time a train is cancelled or a service reduced, the train operator is fined; £1,585 for full cancellation, £792.72 where 4 carriages have been reduced to 2, and £483.79 where 4 carriages have been reduced to 3. However, Dr Richard Simpson believes that more action needs to be taken to prevent more occurrences of this happening.
Dr Richard Simpson said:
“At the time when rail fares have increased above inflation, passengers will rightly be angry at the overcrowding on trains”
“It is encouraging to see so many people using greener forms of transport, taking off some of the pressures on the road network; however as a result of delayed trains and reduced capacity, large numbers of passengers are facing long stands.”
“Minister Keith Brown should act to ensure that disruptions are kept to absolute minimum.”
Local Councillor Mike Robbins, Labour member for Dunblane and Bridge of Allan Ward said:
“As a Dunblane resident myself I know just how important these services are to getting commuters from Bridge of Allan and Dunblane to and from Edinburgh at these times.”
“Hopefully by discovering this information Dr Richard Simpson MSP will keep the pressure on Keith Brown MSP who is the Scottish Government Transport Minister to improve this service and Scotrail over this issue.”
“Local people will quite rightly expect the full number of carriages to be used at all times with very, very rare exceptions.”