Reliability and freight must take a front seat for rail spending

Scottish Liberal Democrat transport spokesperson Mike Rumbles MSP has today called on Network Rail to make network reliability and freight transport a priority, following the Office of Rail and Road’s latest assessment of plans to spend £4bn on Scotland’s rail infrastructure over the next five years.

Commenting on the ORR report on Network Rail’s plan, published today, Mr Rumbles said:

“There is a lot to welcome here. The ORR have done a good job of highlighting the key areas that need improvement in Scotland’s rail network.

“Passengers want trains to be reliable and good value for money. If we want to rebuild trust in rail, especially through the winter months, more work needs to be done to improve punctuality.

“The ORR has correctly stated that performance targets for punctuality should be set at the highest achievable level and should not be rolled back to suit operators.

“I also want to see more focus on moving freight off our roads and onto our rail network. Not only would that help ease traffic on our already struggling trunk roads and help maintain the condition of local roads, it would also help bring more investment and increase demand for rail in Scotland.”


Notes to editors

For more information on the ORR report please contact: [email protected] 

The ORR press release can be found here

Draft Determinations for Scotland <view here> and England and Wales <view here> 

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