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Representatives Encourage Locals to Have their Say in Scotrail consultation

A proposal from ScotRail is suggesting that travellers from Perth to Edinburgh would have to change trains at Stirling.

This could add an extra 20 minutes to commutes by train between the two cities and now local SNP representatives are encouraging local people to have their say in the decision.

MSP for Perthshire North, John Swinney, said: “My office has been contacted by numerous constituents, who have all expressed concern over the potential erosion of services by Scotrail.

“These proposed changes will negatively impact all rail users in Perth and the surrounding areas who travel to the Edinburgh. Whether they are travelling for work, to meet family or simply to visit the capital, the journeys of my constituents will be needlessly complicated or elongated.

“I would urge Scotrail to reconsider these proposals and to reflect upon the level of opposition in the local community to these plans.”

ScotRail say they want to run a more efficient service with less empty seats on their trips.

ScotRail explained: “Our analysis shows prior to the pandemic, on a number of routes across the country, significantly more seats were being provided than were required for the number of passengers travelling.

“For example, under five and a half million passenger journey miles were completed on a typical weekday, which was just 23 per cent of the available number of seats. In other words, seats were empty for 77 per cent of the distance that was travelled.”

Local people can have their say by taking part online in ScotRail’s outreach over the new proposal.

MP for Perth and North Perthshire, Pete Wishart, added: “I am pleased to formally put on record my opposition to these proposals, which fly in the face of our country’s efforts to get more people using public transport.

“It is vital that the depth of feeling over these plans are made clear to Scotrail, and so I would encourage all of my constituents to take part in the consultation via https://www.scotrail.co.uk/about-scotrail/fit-future.”

“For my part, I will continue to campaign against these crazy changes and keep highlighting the real damage they will do to my constituents.”

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