Local MSP welcomes the launch of Abellio in Stirling

Dr Richard Simpson MSP attended the launch of the Abellio group in Stirling today.

The Dutch operator is taking over the franchise for the next 10 years from ScotRail as of today and will be responsible for running Scotland’s trains.

Abellio has pledged to introduce new trains between Edinburgh and Glasgow, refurbished high speed intercity diesel trains with more than a third more seats, free wi-fi on all trains and 23 per cent more carriages across the network.

The Mid Scotland and Fife MSP attended the launch this morning at the Stirling Railway Station.

Dr Richard Simpson MSP said:

“I welcome the new operator here in Stirling and I hope Abellio will provide high quality and more convenient services for passengers.

“I hope very much that the Abellio group will deal with the overcrowding issue on the 17:25 train from Edinburgh to Dunblane and the 18:00 train from Edinburgh to Alloa which is also often overcrowded. This is an issue I have raised many times and I hope it will be resolved.

“I also hope that the Abellio Group will address the potential shortfall in coaches after the Borders Rail opens and that services to Stirling and Alloa will not be cut as a result.”