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S5W-15492: Jamie Greene (West Scotland)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 27 March 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what analysis it has undertaken regarding the effects of the recent severe weather on the running of trains, and what the specific reasons were for the weather preventing trains from running.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 18 April 2018

Our analysis has shown that the reduction in the number of ‘planned’ trains was a direct result of forecast severe weather. The Scottish Government and ScotRail placed an absolute priority on the safety of customers and staff.

More specifically, this means:

* The need to avoid running trains where there was a risk to passenger/staff safety, as the Met Office’s “red warning” for snow had advised, and where there was a risk that a train could end up stranded, because of accumulations of snow and snow drifts.

* Drivers and train crew unable to get to their depots because of ice and snow. In fact, during the period for the Met Office Amber and Red Warnings for snow, the advice consistently given by Police Scotland and the Scottish Government was that people should “Avoid Travel unless absolutely necessary”.

* Before services could resume safely, line proving and in some cases significant snow clearance had to be undertaken. In all cases, services were restored as soon as it was safe to do so.