2011 Scottish Parliamentary election
Railfuture Scotland has produced these points, requesting that you should put them to prospective candidates in your constituency. It's best if you can use your own words, but a simple introduction followed by quoting the points is still good.
- MAINTAIN MOMENTUM Devolution has brought many improvements to the rail system in Scotland. This momentum must be maintained during the forthcoming Parliamentary session.
- INTEGRATION We need to have strong regional public transport authorities with good leadership and a firm commitment to co-ordinate all public transport. Ideally most travellers should be able to reach railway stations without using a car at any stage in the journey.
- FARES Rail fares are too high and are becoming disproportionally more expensive as each year passes. A national railcard should be introduced to redress this and avoid the danger of the cost of rail fares becoming a barrier to rail travel.
- SPEED V. SERVICE There seems to be a growing emphasis on some routes to aim for the speeding up end to end journeys to the detriment of some intermediate locations. This philosophy also manifests itself in an apparent reluctance to commit to some obvious new stations. There is a need to balance local access needs with competitive speeds for longer distance services.
- FREIGHT BY RAIL The Scottish Government should be a supporter of freight movement by rail. The ability of companies to apply for rail freight facilities grants should be restored immediately on commencement of the new Parliament.
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