After NHS Scotland, Scotrail features as a regular target of faked news, forming a central plank in the Loyalist Nomedia agenda, attempting to undermine the SNP administration by association with some kind of constructed failures.
The two headlines above say it all and, probably, for many, are all that they see as they drift past the stands or, in the rare circumstance that they have bought a copy, past the story. Of course, the people at Reporting Scotland are feeding vampirically on it.
Deep in the reports where only the brave dare to [t]read, we find:
‘Operator ScotRail says the recent Storm Ali was mainly to blame as cancellations hit 3.66 per cent of services across the country between 16 September and 13 October. Many axed services are also down to Network Rail which maintains the tracks and has seen engineering works run over.’
Deeper, deeper and down, we find that 2.3% of the 3.66% was attributed to the storm and the amber weather warning. So, in that period only 1.36% of services were cancelled due to factors that might lead to blame being laid fairly at ScotRail’s door? Was that a new low? A new record in reliability?
Of course, we had to hear an answer to that from a Labour Branch-line spokesperson:
Labour transport spokesperson Colin Smyth said: “ScotRail’s cancellations are now the worst on record, with more and more passengers being left stranded. The number of services being cancelled is now more than triple the same period of previous years – meaning ScotRail’s failings are getting worse.’
To be in the Labour Party, back in the day, he’d have had to change his name from ‘Smyth’ to ‘Smith’, I think. Anyhow, unless he insists on pretending Strom Ali didn’t happen, it’s a bare-faced lie, of course.
Also, see this in June 2018 on services in England:
‘Around 8,000 services on GTR have so far been cancelled or severely delayed, while some 5,000 Northern trains have suffered the same fate since 20 May – excluding two days of strikes when 2,000 trains were pulled in advance.’