BUSIEST TRAINS TO RECEIVE CARRIAGE EXTENSION
Aileen Campbell, Clydesdale SNP MSP has welcomed assurances from Scotrail bosses that the Glasgow Central – Lanark/Carstairs lines will see further service improvements from December onwards.
At a meeting in Carluke arranged by the Clydesdale MSP, Scotrail confirmed that the 0750 Lanark – Glasgow Central service is to have its number of carriages doubled, from 3 carriages to 6. The same will be applied to the 1650 Glasgow Central to Lanark service.
In addition to the carriage improvements, Scotrail have previously announced the introduction of later services during the week, with the 2231 Dalmuir to Motherwell service extended to Carstairs, and the 2320 Glasgow to Motherwell service extended to terminate in Lanark.
Campbell also received assurances that improvements were going to be made in some of Clydesdale’s train stations themselves, with Carluke, Lanark and Carstairs all to receive transport maps which detail onward travel mode options, as well as an additional CCTV camera each to help with station security. Lanark train station will also receive a new Ticket Vending Machine (TVM), as well as new cycle parking facilities.
Commenting, Aileen said:
“I have received many concerns from constituents about the performance of the trains in Clydesdale and have had several meetings with Scotrail and the Minister for Transport. I am pleased this pressure means that concerns have been recognised and that measures are being put in place to help improve the rail service from Scotrail. Increasing the number of carriages on our busiest services is a sensible move from Scotrail, and I hope will offer additional comfort to Clydesdale rail users. Improvements to our train stations, as well as late night services are also welcome developments for the people of Clydesdale.
“I am always open to hearing the views of my constituents regarding transport services in order for me to put these directly to the service providers and to ensure Clydesdale has a responsive public transport service. At the beginning of the year I held a Transport Surgery in Lanark with Scotrail, SPT and Transport Scotland representatives. I would ask constituents continue to keep me informed of any concerns they have and also whether these new improvements when they come into force in December, improve their journey experience.”
On the 3rd of November I'll be hosting a discussion night on what we can do to create a fairer Scotland with my colleague, Social Justice Secretary Alex Neil MSP. We will also have presentations from local groups Healthy Valleys and Clydesdale Citizens Advice Bureau. The event will be held in the St Bride's Centre, Douglas at 7pm. All are welcome to attend and you can book a space by calling my office on 01555 750 249.
MUNDELL PRESIDING OVER 1000 LOCAL GOVERNMENT JOB LOSES
SNP MSP for Clydesdale, Aileen Campbell has today highlighted new figures showing that Tory welfare cuts are costing 600 jobs in South Lanarkshire - confirming that the socially harmful Tory policy agenda is failing to deliver the economic development promised.
Aileen has also highlighted that the 3 council areas represented by Tory Secretary of State David Mundell MP, South Lanarkshire, Dumfries and Galloway and the Scottish Borders, have lost over 1000 jobs due to Tory Welfare cuts.
New research from the independent Scottish Parliament Information Centre (SPICe) shows that as a result of reduced disposable income due to social security cuts, £1,520 million has been removed each year from the Scottish economy - with the resultant loss of jobs across Scotland.
This new data comes on the back of expert evidence from Sheffield Hallam University to the Scottish Parliaments Welfare Reform Committee making clear that Tory social security cuts had "no relationship with employment growth" and that "the evidence provides little support for the view that welfare reform is having important and positive impacts on the labour market in Scotland."
Commenting, Campbell said:
"Its now abundantly clear that the punitive Tory cuts to social security have failed by even their own economic standards - and its people in South Lanarkshire who are paying the price. We now know that Tory social security cuts are actually costing 600 jobs in South Lanarkshire by draining spending power out of our communities and damaging the economy.
"It is worth noting that across the local authorities that local MP David Mundell represents, over 1000 jobs have been lost as a result of his partys policies. David Mundell is supposed to be the Secretary of State FOR Scotland - not against Scotland. I call on him to consider the devastating impact of his partys attacks on the vulnerable in his own constituency and the constituents we share, as well as right across Scotland.
"With their welfare cuts failing by every conceivable measure, its time for the Prime Minister and David Mundell to finally admit that the Conservative Partys unfair policies simply dont work. A U-turn from this Tory government is long overdue. It seem they are more interested in punishing those out of work than in supporting people back into work."