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Scottish Labour ‘peddling smears’ over ScotRail

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Scottish Labour has been accused of peddling inaccurate smears about the performance of Scotland’s railways.

Labour’s transport spokesman Neil Bibby claimed that nearly 60 per cent of stations failed to hit the performance target last month.

But SNP MSP George Adam said the most recent figures showi that 93.7% of ScotRail’s trains met the industry standard public performance measure (PPM).

He said Kezia Dugdale has repeated the claims.

Mr Adam said 97% of Scottish trains were running on time – 3% higher than the UK average.

“Labour have a long and shameful history of making statistics up to try and score cheap headlines – but this blatant attempt to smear an improving rail service shows that they still cannot be trusted,” he said.

“We know our rail network is not always perfect – and we’re the first to accept fair criticism when it’s due – but when the service is improving, Scotrail staff deserve credit and support. 

“It is unacceptable that Labour made these false claims in the first place – but it is completely inexcusable that party leader Kezia Dugdale repeated them after they had been proven to be incorrect.

“The Scotrail staff who have worked so hard to improve this service deserve an apology from Kezia Dugdale and from Scottish Labour – and perhaps also an acknowledgement that services have improved significantly in recent months.”


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