Fresh calls for public ownership after ScotRail racks up £13mn in fines

ScotRail has incurred fines of almost £13 million since Abellio took over the contract new figures revealed today, prompting fresh calls for public ownership of Scotland's railways. 

Abellio, the Dutch transport company who manage ScotRail, has forfeited some £13 million for shoddy performance from it's £1 billion subsidy from the public purse. 
New statistics published through the Service Quality Incentive Regime (SQUIRE) show that the franchise missed 23 out of 38 key benchmarks.
Benchmarks include performance on CCTV and security, which ScotRail scored 76.7per cent against a target of 95 per cent, and litter and contamination, where the franchise scored 63 per cent against a target of 95 per cent. This takes total fines for the franchise so far to £12,909,706.

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Fines are not handed back to the public purse but must be used by Abellio for improvements. 
Scottish Labour have said the figures would strengthen calls for public ownership of our railways.
The party's Transport Spokesperson Colin Smyth said:
“The SNP said that Abellio would be a world leading deal for Scotland’s railways, instead the firm has racked up more than £12 million worth of fines since the current franchise began.
“Hard-pressed rail passengers are being continually failed, with the SNP handing Abellio an effective licence to fail, with missed targets and poor performance repeatedly ignored.
“Michael Matheson has the option to strip Abellio of the franchise this year – but it increasingly looks like he has no intention of doing so.
“The next Labour government will end this chaos by bringing our railways into public ownership and delivering a transport system that people can rely on.”

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