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Scotrail to reduce services from next month

Government accused of ‘shifting the financial burden onto the taxpayer and passengers’

THE government has been accused of having no long-term plan for Scotland’s railways after a cut to services from next month was announced today.

ScotRail is to move to a reduced service from February, with operators claiming that lockdown has restricted the number of people travelling.

Bosses plan to reduce services by about 35 per cent of what it offered before the pandemic, with this under review to ensure physical distancing measures can be maintained. 

But MSPs have raised concerns, claiming passengers will fear that some services “simply won’t return even when we move out of the pandemic.”

Scottish Labour transport spokesman Colin Smyth said: “Ministers just keep shifting the financial burden onto the taxpayer and passengers with more fare hikes, while guaranteeing huge pay-outs to private rail firms. 

“When the current emergency measures agreement comes to an end, they should follow the Welsh government’s lead and bring our railways back under public ownership.”

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