Skipped stops double since 2015/16 – Rumbles


Figures revealed by Liberal Democrat transport spokesman Mike Rumbles MSP show that the number of skipped stops on Scotrail services have increased from 3,000 in 2015/16 to 5,908 in 2017/18, with two months still to left before the end of the financial year.

 

The figures, provided by the Scottish Government’s Transport Minister in reply to a question lodged by Mr Rumbles, show that 0.78 percent of all services this year have experienced skipped stops. Up from 0.40 percent in 2015/16  

  

Mr Rumbles said: “The figures clearly show that the Scottish Government has lost all control over skipped stops on rail services in Scotland. Despite assurances from both the Minister and Scotrail, eighteen months ago, the that the practice would end.

 

“Narrow performance targets set by the Scottish Government, designed to grab headlines, shows only that Ministers are more interested in looking good in front of the camera rather than actually improving the service for the future.

 

“The attention seeking must end. We need a customer led approach to targets that focus on the needs of passengers, not one that leaves thousands of people stranded on platforms across the country.”

 

ENDS

 

Notes for editors:

 

  • Mike Rumbles (North East Scotland) (Scottish Liberal Democrats), 28 February 2018: To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-14284 by Humza Yousaf on 22 February 2018, whether it will provide the information that was requested regarding how many ScotRail trains have skipped stops in the last year, and how this compares with previous years. (S5W-14812)
  • Humza Yousaf: In terms of how many ScotRail trains have skipped stops in the last year and in previous years, the situation is as follows:

 

Year/period

Skip-stopped

trains

No. of services

Services skip-stopped

%

2015-16

3,000

752,639

0.40%

2016-17

4,531

745,829

0.58%

 

 

 

 

2017-18, to

period 10

(rolling annual

total)

5,908

763,116

0.78%

         

 


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