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Concerns raised that rail passengers will suffer as a result of strike

Published 20 June 2016 by Jamie Wylie

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For immediate use: Monday 20 June 2016


RMT strike action on ScotRail services — comment from Transform Scotland


Transform Scotland [1] today (Monday 20 June) expressed its concern about the disruption that rail passengers on ScotRail services will suffer as a result of the RMT strikes scheduled to commence tomorrow.

Paul Tetlaw, rail campaigner at Transform Scotland, said:

“ScotRail’s services form a vital part of the public transport network across the length and breadth of Scotland. It plays a key role in attracting motorists out of their cars and on to public transport. We are therefore concerned at the disruption that rail passengers will suffer as a result of RMT’s strike action.
“We want to see modernised and faster rail services that allow ScotRail to provide a service competitive with car journeys. This is imperative if we are to get people to switch from using their cars to taking the train. Allowing drivers to operate train doors whilst retaining a second staff member on the train will speed up rail services and as such appears to us to be a key part of the modernisation process.”

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NOTES TO EDITORS:

[1] Transform Scotland is the national alliance for sustainable transport, bringing together organisations from the private, public and voluntary sectors — see <http://transformscotland.org.uk/who-we-are/our-members/> for details.
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