Scottish Liberal Democrat Transport spokesman Mike Rumbles MSP has today written to the Scottish Government’s Transport Minister to raise concerns about the continued practice of trains ‘skipping-stops’ in the North East.
Despite assurances from train operators Scotrail and Abellio that the practice would end, North East stations such as Laurencekirk, Stonehaven and Montrose have been particularly badly affected in recent months.
Mr Rumbles said: “The practice of trains ‘skipping-stops’ is highly damaging for local communities. An unreliable rail service may lead to loss of a business opportunity and considerable financial cost for passengers. It is also very frustrating for regular commuters who would prefer to use public transport but cannot rely on a regular service.
“If this practice continues, it will no doubt do further damage to the public’s opinion of our public transport system, and undermine the rail network as a whole. I have written to the Transport Minister today to outline my concerns and seek assurances from the Scottish Government that plans are in place to tackle this.
“The Scottish Government must act immediately or local communities will pay the price for their inaction.”