George in Paisley Town Centre

LABOUR LEADER’S BEHAVIOUR “INEXCUSABLE” AS SHE REPEATS FALSE CLAIMS

George in Paisley Town CentreScottish Labour must apologise for peddling inaccurate smears about the performance of Scotland’s railways, SNP MSP George Adam has said.

Labour’s transport spokesman Neil Bibby yesterday claimed that “nearly 60 per cent of stations failed to hit the performance target last month” – despite most recent figures showing that 93.7% of ScotRail’s trains met the industry standard public performance measure (PPM).

Kezia Dugdale has repeated the false claims today – writing that “Yesterday, we revealed that ScotRail trains are failing to meet punctuality targets at nearly 60 per cent of stations.”

In fact, this morning 97% of Scottish trains were running on time – 3% higher than the UK average.

Commenting, SNP MSP George Adam said:

“Labour have a long and shameful history of making statistics up to try and score cheap headlines – but this blatant attempt to smear an improving rail service shows that they still cannot be trusted.

“We know our rail network is not always perfect – and we’re the first to accept fair criticism when it’s due – but when the service is improving, Scotrail staff deserve credit and support.

“It is unacceptable that Labour made these false claims in the first place – but it is completely inexcusable that party leader Kezia Dugdale repeated them after they had been proven to be incorrect.

“The Scotrail staff who have worked so hard to improve this service deserve an apology from Kezia Dugdale and from Scottish Labour – and perhaps also an acknowledgement that services have improved significantly in recent months.”