A year ago, there was a political storm over the ScotRail Alliances poor performance. This year, its actually got worse, and all is not well within the partnership that says it is building the best railway Scotland has ever had. The oft-repeated claim is because the network north of the border is on the cusp of a potentially revolutionary transformation, involving two sets of new trains, electrified lines, more frequent services and other improvements. However, though tantalisingly close, these are mostly still months or more away, and the alliance has the more pressing matter of getting its punctuality back on target. When the alliance train operator ScotRail and track owner Network Rail was first taken to task after timekeeping fell below the acceptable minimum in autumn 2016, a 249-point performance improvement plan was put in place and it has remained in force since. This initially seemed to do the trick, but since September, the gains have been reversed and month-by-month punctuality is now worse than a year ago.
A year ago, there was a political storm over the ScotRail Alliance’s poor performance.