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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-11432: Richard Lochhead (Moray)

Scottish National Party

Date lodged: 21 September 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what steps it has taken to ensure that (a) ScotRail and (b) other rail operators provide adequate space for cycles.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 4 October 2017

Day to day operation of train fleets and how they manage passengers on board rests with ScotRail. They are currently finalising the layout and operational aspects of how on-train cycle storage will be managed to maximise the number they can carry when the 26 refurbished HSTs enter service on Scotland's Inter-City routes next summer. However, Transport Scotland has recently reached an agreement with ScotRail to increase the number of spaces available at intermediate stations from 2 to 4 and with 6 spaces (3 per power car) available for end to end journeys on the HSTs planned to be introduced into service in the latter part of 2018.

The Franchise Agreement requires ScotRail to ensure that rolling stock includes a bicycle storage area with space for storage of at least two bicycles. The HSTs by comparison will now have at least ten cycle spaces.

Cross border passenger services are operated under franchises specified and awarded by the Department for Transport, with the exception of The Caledonian Sleeper service. The Scottish Ministers are entitled to offer advice on the specification of these services (to the Secretary of State for Transport) as they relate to Scotland. But the Scottish Ministers do not have any contractual or financial agreement with any Train Operating Company (TOCs) operating under a DfT franchise.

The new Caledonian Sleeper trains, to be introduced during 2018, will also have enhanced capacity for the carriage of bicycles. Trains to and from each of the five Caledonian Sleeper destinations – Glasgow, Edinburgh, Aberdeen, Inverness and Fort William – will each have space for ten bicycles.