Aileen Campbell MSP has welcomed news from the Scottish Government that they are in the final stages of providing additional late night services to Lanark and Carstairs, subject to the final go-ahead from Network Rail. The information came in a letter from Transport Minister, Derek Mackay MSP. Scotrail have also begun a recruitment drive to secure an extra 100 drivers so that there will be fewer issues with staff shortages and short notice cancellations. In addition, Scotrail have commissioned a review of customer service in the Clydesdale area.

Aileen has further meetings with Scotrail and with the Transport Minister in the next few weeks to ensure that the performance of the rail network in Clydesdale is at a level that passengers can depend upon.

Commenting Aileen said:

"This is a welcome sign of the Scottish Government’s commitment to rail transport in Clydesdale. Constituents were rightly concerned about the lack of notification over last year’s timetable change and this has been coupled with some widely-reported performance issues over the summer. I am glad to see some of the demand from Clydesdale passengers being recognised by Abellio with these additional services, which, subject to the final approval from Network Rail, will begin in December.

"Scotrail have also commissioned a review of customer service in Clydesdale so I’m glad to see the company is taking note of the concerns to date regarding the service in Clydesdale. Along with this, my upcoming meetings with Derek Mackay and Scotrail should help address a number of the concerns about the service raised over the last year. This is good progress but I will continue to work until Clydesdale passengers have a service they are confident in."



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