You’ve no doubt already seen that Scotrail has outperformed the rail services in England and Wales. Here’s the data again:
‘In the four weeks to 23 July 2017, 93.7 per cent of trains ran within the public performance measure (PPM). This compares to 91.1 per cent for the same period last year. Recent performance means the ScotRail Alliance’s moving annual average (MAA) – the annual performance standard – is now at 90.7 per cent. This performance is:
- Ahead of the improvement plan target of 90.5 per cent.
- 0.7 per cent higher than this time last year.
- 1.1 per cent higher than when the performance improvement plan was first introduced.
- Ahead of the annual performance standard of 87.9 per cent in England and Wales.’
I wrote about it as did Wings over Scotland where they expertly exposed big Labour fibs about it:
Now we hear from gov.scot:
‘The Scottish Government has restricted annual increases in fare costs to ensure Scotland has the lowest price increases in the UK. At the same time, we have introduced a number of initiatives to support passengers including offering a free week’s travel – equal to the cost of a rail fare freeze – which has been taken up by 90% of season ticket holders. While there has to be an increase in fares to support rail services our actions ensure the annual increase for key fares is never more than inflation and that any increase for off peak fares is always less than inflation. This allows us to continue to invest in improvements, to grow passenger numbers and to ensure rail travel is fair, affordable and an attractive alternative to travelling by car.’
So Scotrail is the best and the cheapest? Mind you, I feel the approach of an angry Scottish rail-user based on their personal experience.