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    Scottish Parliament to debate ending Abellio’s Scotrail contract

    Written by on October 2, 2019

    A motion, calling for an end to Abellio’s ScotRail contract, will be debated in the Scottish Parliament this afternoon.

    Scottish Labour’s tabled the motion- they’re urging ministers not to extend the franchise beyond 2022.

    More than 74,000 trains have been cancelled since April 2015 – an average of 47 per day.

    Earlier this month, Transport Secretary Michael Matheson said the Scottish Government could step in, if performance levels didn’t improve.

    Trade union RMT are protesting outside the Scottish Parliament this morning – calling for an immediate end to Abellio’s contract.

    RMT General Secretary Mick Cash said:
    “Abellio has brought devastation to the Scottish rail network with a catalogue of failures which has severely affected both the travelling public and the workforce. Passengers are losing out with regular cancellations, delays and disruption. RMT members working for Scotrail and Scotland’s passengers are paying the price of privatisation.
    “The Scottish Government already has a public sector operator of last resort in place to take over the failing Abellio ScotRail‎ franchise, our message from the protest will be stop messing about and get on with it.
    Scotrail is in crisis – Abellio it is not fit to run the franchise and this mismanagement has led to a serious deterioration in working conditions across the organisation.
    “The Scotrail franchise should be terminated with immediate effect on the grounds of persistent and gross mismanagement and the whole operation should be taken into public ownership.”