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Ministerial Update - Rail strikes

Published: 7 Jul 2016 16:09
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Transport

Transport Minister convenes resilience committee

Transport Minister Humza Yousaf today chaired a meeting of the Scottish Government's resilience committee ahead of planned rail strikes this weekend and next week.

Mr Yousaf said:

"It is disappointing to see these strikes continue to affect commuters who simply want to go about their everyday lives without any further rail disruption. I would once again urge both parties to come together, get back round the table and resolve this dispute.

"This latest round of RMT strikes coincide with some of Scotland's major summer events, most notably T in the Park, The Scottish Open and The Open. However, transport planning for these events is well developed with information available to let people plan their journeys in advance.

"Transport Scotland is liaising with the organisers to ensure that the public is being kept fully informed and the transport resilience team is active at the National Traffic Control Centre in South Queensferry.

"I would recommend anyone travelling to T in the Park, The Scottish Open or any other event this weekend checks their travel plans in both directions to make sure services are available. Travel operators websites and Twitter feeds, Travel Line and Traffic Scotland will have up to date information to help plan journeys.

"Those planning their travel to The Open next week should be aware that ScotRail are running an enhanced service, however they are encouraged to check their website which will carry bespoke timetables.

"Our priority throughout this period of rail disruption has been keeping passengers moving and I would like to thank the public for their understanding and cooperation.

"My position is and always has been that these issues can be solved through discussion and I would call on all parties to get back around the table to find a solution that avoids any more passenger disruption."