New Scotrail must be shaped by all

Scottish Greens have welcomed commitments that the new publicly-owned Scotrail will be shaped by involvement of the public.

New Transport Minister Jenny Gilruth has announced the future of the train operator will be subject to a ‘national conversation’.

Commenting, Scottish Greens transport spokesperson Mark Ruskell said: “I’m glad the Scottish Government have recognised that bringing the railways into public ownership is an opportunity to involve everyone in services in the future.

“Just last week, we saw damaging timetable changes for Perth and Fife scrapped by ScotRail after hundreds of my constituents campaigned for change.

“And the commitment to focus on women’s safety on public transport is vitally important too. We can only encourage people to use public transport if they feel safe.

“It’s vitally important that both passengers and staff have a say in the future of Scotland’s railways, which will play a crucial role in our greener future and making the shift away from roads for both passengers and freight.”