An MSP has hit out at Scotrail’s latest figures that show the line to Paisley Canal Train Station has become the worst performing trainline in Scotland.
Green West of Scotland MSP Ross Green has raised the figures and the poor service local commuters get with the Scottish Government’s Transport Secretary. This month’s data shows that the number of trains arriving on time into Paisley Canal has dropped to 25.6%, barely one-in four.
Ross met with the Cabinet Secretary for Transport Michael Matheson on Thursday 13th December and made the case for action to be taken on poor performance on lines across the region and specifically pointed to the Paisley Canal and Milngavie lines as an example.
Matheson pointed to a number of changes being made, such as timetable changes and equipment upgrades, which officials believe will have a positive impact in the immediate future.
Ross, said: “Residents are being driven away from using the train by this utterly unreliable line and in the absence of a quality alternative bus service, are getting into their cars, which only increases congestion, local air pollution and contributes towards the climate crisis. With only one in four trains on time, is it any wonder passengers are giving up?
“It was useful to discuss the situation with the Cabinet Secretary and his officials. As I pointed out to him, the three worst performing lines in the country are all in the West of Scotland and they’re all lines coming out of Glasgow with sections of single track, making it near impossible to recover from any delays.
“I’d be very interested to see how the new timetable and other changes are having an effect, but they would need to make an unbelieveably positive impact to get the line on track to anything like an acceptable standard. We need some major investment to fix this problem, which in turn means some long-term thinking from the Scottish Government.”
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