Leading academic calls for Humza Yousaf to get Transport Medal as ScotRail is revealed as best in Britain with only 0.01% skipping stops

DCF 1.0

(the old Transport Medal)

Retired professor, at the UWS Centre for Research Excellence, Dr John Robertson (no relation), has called on Westminster to award Scottish Transport Secretary, Humza Yousaf, an updated version of the Transport Medal, for the first time in over a century, in  recognition of his role in ensuring Scotland has the best rail service in the UK.

Here are the main points:

  • Just 0.01%, the lowest on record, of services missed scheduled stops in the four weeks to 26 May
  • More than nine out of ten ScotRail services met their punctuality target.
  • ScotRail remains Britain’s best performing large operator.

Scotrail reported:

‘For the four weeks to 26 May, just 53 out of almost 58,000 scheduled services missed stops. This is a reduction of 88 per cent on the same period last year. Across the network, 91.5 per cent of ScotRail trains met the rail industry standard public performance measure. These services arrived within five minutes of their scheduled time, having stopped at all timetabled stations on the route. This means that ScotRail remains the best performing large rail operator in Britain.’


Things have dramatically improved since Yousaf intervened as, in January 2018, the Flagging Scotsman (not flying these days) was delighted to report:

‘Up to 20 ScotRail trains a day skip their scheduled stops’


Also, it’s worth noting that other Rail operators have not been stingy in trying to compete with Scotrail. See this today in the Daily Torygraph:

‘Rail firms on the line with £1bn losses feared’


Makes you wonder if they spent all that on improving services or improving executive bonuses.

Footnote: Scotrail did, themselves, report 0.1% skipping stops. That would have been more than 500 cases as opposed to the actual 53 or less than 0.01%. When an organisation does creative accounting to actually damage its own reputation, I find it kind of cute.

Footnote 2: Readers should, of course, be aware that Robertson was accused of bringing both the BBC and UWS into disrepute, in 2014. No actual charges were brought, and Robertson was allegedly paid off with a handsome retirement package. Replying to this allegation, Robertson has insisted that any package of his would be handsome, by definition.



2 thoughts on “Leading academic calls for Humza Yousaf to get Transport Medal as ScotRail is revealed as best in Britain with only 0.01% skipping stops

  1. Alasdair Macdonald June 3, 2018 / 2:19 pm

    It would be good if we could have such regular statistical reports about bus services, particularly First Bus and Stagecoach.

    It is they who provide most of the public transport journeys in Scotland and really need to be regulated, either by being nationalised in some way or put under the aegis of a public body like Transport for London. I know we have Transport Scotland, but, I think the jury is still out with regard to them.

    The speed of introduction of technology like smart ticketing, real time information about services, and carbon reduction mechanisms, is ridiculously slow and, because they are unregulated, they are holding a gun to the head of the holder of the public purse to fund investment which they as private companies should be doing themselves.

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