This day in history 10 January

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Colchester: A panorama of Colchester station on a dismal 10th January 1976. The former Essex Hall Hospital (demolished 1989) occupies the background to the left while in the right foreground is the rough and ready overspill car park. Platform 2 in the station is hosting an unusual visitor in the form of a Class 33 at the head of a football special. It has just arrived with Crystal Palace fans who are about to transfer to the buses on the right and head for Colchester United's ground at Layer Road. The visitors went away happy despite the weather, having won three nil.

Eastern Counties Railway
Mark Dufton [10/01/1976]


White Colne: Derelict and ruined stations evoke a variety of sentiments, but in January 1976, the remains of White Colne station had the chilling feel of a forgotten grave. In life, the station had served passenger trains on the highly individual Colne Valley and Halstead line between Chappel & Wakes Colne and Haverhill. The waiting room was an old carriage body and the booking office was at the opposite end on the other side of a level crossing. The passenger service ended in December 1961 and the last freight train ran through from Halstead in 1965.

Colne Valley and Halstead Railway
Mark Dufton [10/01/1976]


Euxton Junction: In weak winter sunshine 47448, with a Blackpool North to Manchester Victoria Club Train, slows for the crossovers at Euxton Junction in 1980. The train is passing under the M6 and will cross from the WCML Up Slow to take the Chorley and Bolton line. 47448, the former D1565, lasted in service until January 1991 when it was withdrawn from Crewe. It was cut up at Booths, Rotherham in 1996.

North Union Railway
Mark Bartlett [10/01/1980]


Euxton Junction: BR Sulzer Type 2 No. 25304 takes a train of fitted vans south on the Up Fast line at Euxton Junction in January 1980. The train is just passing under the M6 Motorway near Junction 28. Built by Beyer Peacock at Gorton in 1966 as D7654, the loco only lasted in service until November 1982 and was eventually cut up at Swindon Works in 1985.

North Union Railway
Mark Bartlett [10/01/1980]


Kilmacolm: Almost the end. A DMU for Glasgow Central standing at the platform at Kilmacolm during the last day of operations on 10 January 1983.

Greenock and Ayrshire Railway
Colin Miller [10/01/1983]


Kilmacolm: Last day at Kilmacolm. Station frontage on 10 January 1983 [see image 37159].

Greenock and Ayrshire Railway
Colin Miller [10/01/1983]


Corkerhill: Kilmacolm bound DMU 107439 at Corkerhill a few days before closure of the line. Closure was as and from 10th January 1983, a Monday, so the last train ran on Saturday 8th January.

Paisley Canal Line (Glasgow and South Western Railway)
Ian Millar [10/01/1983]


Markinch: Sign outside Markinch station on 10 January 2006 announcing the construction of a new Integrated Public Transport Interchange. [See image 13048]

Edinburgh and Northern Railway
John Furnevel [10/01/2006]


Dalmeny: Fife circle train leaves Dalmeny on 10 January and heads out onto the Forth Scaffolding ...errr Bridge.

Forth Bridge Railway
John Furnevel [10/01/2007]


Dalmeny: Passengers for Waverley change at Haymarket... thus spake the station announcer at Dalmeny on 10 January 2007 [see image 12958].

Forth Bridge Railway
John Furnevel [10/01/2007]


Dalmeny: Train for Haymarket heading past the loops and sidings south of Dalmeny station in January 2007.

Forth Bridge Railway
John Furnevel [10/01/2007]


Culross: A coal train from Hunterston Import Terminal approaching Longannet power station westbound in January 2007 behind EWS 66072. The train would have run via the Forth Bridge route with a reversal at Halbeath sidings [see image 9821].

Kincardine Line (North British Railway)
John Furnevel [10/01/2007]


Markinch: 'Ready in May eh...that'll be right...' Two local experts review progress at Markinch on 10 January 2007. (The official opening took place on 6 November 2007)

Edinburgh and Northern Railway
John Furnevel [10/01/2007]


Dalmeny: Northbound service from Edinburgh on the long climb to the Forth Bridge approaching Dalmeny station in January 2007.

Forth Bridge Railway
John Furnevel [10/01/2007]


Dalmeny: Coal empties from Longannet rumble off the Forth Bridge and into Dalmeny station on 10 January in bright Winter sunshine.

Forth Bridge Railway
John Furnevel [10/01/2007]


Markinch: View west over Markinch station on 10 January showing construction work on main building and new west side entrance.

Edinburgh and Northern Railway
John Furnevel [10/01/2007]


Johnstone: 66198 at the head of a Longannet bound coal train heads towards the loop at Elderslie.

Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway
Graham Morgan [10/01/2007]


Paisley Gilmour Street: 66403 on the daily W. H. Malcolm Elderslie to Grangemouth service at Paisley Gilmour Street.

Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway
Graham Morgan [10/01/2007]


Paisley Gilmour Street: 334009 crossing Wallneuk Junction as it enters Paisley Gilmour Street with a Gourock service.

Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway
Graham Morgan [10/01/2007]


Paisley Gilmour Street: 66403 on the daily W. H. Malcolm Elderslie to Grangemouth service passes 334011 outside Paisley Gilmour Street.

Glasgow and Paisley Joint Railway
Graham Morgan [10/01/2007]


Brock: With the loss of the sun for the day, the camera was switched to Black & White mode to capture a Virgin Voyager southbound approaching Brock with a service to Birmingham New Street on a cold 10 January 2010 made even colder with a strong north easterly wind.

Lancaster and Preston Junction Railway
John McIntyre [10/01/2010]


Aberdour: Aberdour didn't get a station until 1890 when the Forth Bridge and its connecting line to Burntisland opened. The full set of original buildings remains, including the low-rise signal box seen here on 10 January. That laurel, though a fine constituent of Aberdour station's famous garden, would not have been allowed to grow quite as high when the box was in use.

Aberdour Line (North British Railway)
David Panton [10/01/2010]


Brock: An Edinburgh bound Voyager from Birmingham New Street is seen at speed approaching the foot crossing at the former Brock station on 10 January 2010. Looking through the viewfinder it was possible to see the snow and ice being whipped up by the train, something that has been blamed for several broken windows on passing Pendolinos.

Lancaster and Preston Junction Railway
John McIntyre [10/01/2010]


Brock: A northbound Voyager heading to Scotland passes through the Brock area between Preston and Lancaster on 10 January 2010 in seasonal conditions.

Lancaster and Preston Junction Railway
John McIntyre [10/01/2010]


Brock: A southbound FTPE Class 185 bound for Manchester Airport passes a northbound Pendolino for Glasgow Central at the site of the former Brock station on 10 January 2010.

Lancaster and Preston Junction Railway
John McIntyre [10/01/2010]


Aberdour: Conflicting evidence at Aberdour station on Sunday 10 January. It can't be 0602: in fact it's 1026. In what seems to me a bizarre fault the CIS display on the northbound plaform got stuck early one morning in the last days of 2009 as if frozen in the prolonged cold spell. Well there's a thaw today but it hasn't started moving again...

Aberdour Line (North British Railway)
David Panton [10/01/2010]


Dunfermline Town: 158 789 calls at Dunfermline Town with an Edinburgh - Glenrothes with Thornton service on 10 January 2011.

West of Fife Railway and Harbour
Bill Roberton [10/01/2011]


Kilmarnock: The first visit of a class 20 to Kilmarnock on a service train for some time. DRS 20303 operating in tandem with 7Z57 on snow ploughs to Carlisle, shortly after leaving Brodie Engineering, Bonnyton, on 10 January 2012.

Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway
Ken Browne [10/01/2012]


St Andrew Square [Tram]: View south towards Princes Street on 10 January 2013 showing works on both track and tram stop at St Andrew Square well advanced, with the final surface being installed along most of its length.

Edinburgh Trams
David Pesterfield [10/01/2013]


Princes Street [Tram]: Given the deep excavations required in the area [See Image 37738] it is good to see that the installation of tram tracks running round from Princes Street onto South St Andrew Street is now complete, with re-instatement of the road surface along South St Andrew Street almost finished.

Edinburgh Trams
David Pesterfield [10/01/2013]


Larkhall: On the left a recent arrival stands at the buffer stops at Larkhall on 10 January 2013 ready to form the next service to Dalmuir. On the right is one of the 8 planters now located around the station as a result of the efforts of Machanhill Primary School, with advice from Goulding's Garden Centre.

Mid Lanark Lines (Caledonian Railway)
John Yellowlees [10/01/2013]


Ardrossan South Beach: DRS 57010 and WH Malcolm liveried 66434 with the 6M22 Hunterston to Sellafield nuclear flasks passing through Ardrossan South Beach on 10 January - unusually on the platform line.

Ardrossan Railway
Ken Browne [10/01/2014]


Layton: Northern 150138 slows for the stop at Layton station, the first of many on its journey from Blackpool North to Huddersfield via Manchester Victoria on a sunny 10th January 2015. [Ref query 6876]

Preston and Wyre Railway, Dock and Harbour
Mark Bartlett [10/01/2015]


Layton: A brand new footbridge has been erected at Layton ahead of the electrification of the line. [See image 37224]. 158757 passes through on a Sunday service to Blackpool North that had started at Church Fenton. The more substantial Crossley's Bridge in the background will also be rebuilt during 2016/17.

Preston and Wyre Railway, Dock and Harbour
Mark Bartlett [10/01/2015]


Ribblehead Viaduct: Ribblehead viaduct bathed in wonderful light on the 10th of January 2016.

Settle and Carlisle Line (Midland Railway)
Alan Cormack [10/01/2016]


Thirdpart Junction: Looking west from the Troon Road (A759) overbridge just east of the former Thirdpart Junction at Moorfield, Kilmarnock, 10 January, 2016. Trees on the left cover the solum of the former Riccarton/Hurlford Branch, which trailed into the Troon line a few hundred yards to the west. Buildings on the skyline were formerly the Massey-Ferguson tractor plant, complete with its own siding and loading bank (siding curved north at the line of fence posts visible at the far end of the field on the right), and are now in Moorfield Industrial Estate, rail access long since removed of course.

Kilmarnock and Troon Railway
Robert Blane [10/01/2016]


Fairlie Junction: Looking west to the former Fairlie Junction on the Kilmarnock & Troon Railway, 10 January, 2016. The Troon line follows the hedge line on the right, with Gatehead level crossing just visible as the tree-filled gap between the houses in the village straight ahead on the skyline. Fairlie Junction itself was where the tall mast now stands, the branch ploughed into the first field but is still clearly visible (take my word for it!) on the near side of the further fence (embankment over a culvert). The old viaduct over the River Irvine is just off picture to the left.

Kilmarnock and Troon Railway
Robert Blane [10/01/2016]


Fairlie Junction: A short distance after curving away southward from the Kilmarnock & Troon Railway, the Fairlie Branch crossed the River Irvine by a 2-span plate girder bridge, the remains of which were photographed from the north bank of the river looking southeast, 10 January, 2016. Steelwork was removed many years ago although, where it inserted into the abutments, short sections were left in situ (the rectangle projecting upwards in foreground of photo is part of a bridge girder). The Fairlie branch curved away to the southwest on the south side of the river and served coal pits at Fortacres (beyond the Gatehead to Symington road), with a branch to coal pits at Earlston and Caprington. Caprington No 41 Pit, scene of a mining disaster on 10 December 1909 when the River Irvine flooded the workings and drowned 10 men, was located in the field to the left of the railway embankment on the south side of the river.

Kilmarnock and Troon Railway
Robert Blane [10/01/2016]


Kilmarnock: The diverted Caledonian Sleeper heads south through Kilmarnock on 10 January 2016 hauled by GBRf class 47s 47843+47848. The 47s will be replaced by a single class 90 electric locomotive at Carlisle.

Glasgow, Paisley, Kilmarnock and Ayr Railway
Ken Browne [10/01/2016]


Ordsall Chord: A photograph of a Network Rail billboard outside one of the Ordsall Chord worksites which shows what the bridge over the River Irwell will look like when completed. Compare with the earlier aerial view [see image 15343]

Ordsall Chord (Network Rail)
John McIntyre [10/01/2017]


Aberdeen: Aberdeen station on 10 January 2017. The Caledonian Sleeper to London Euston awaits its departure time behind 66736 Wolverhampton Wanderers doing the hard work and 73936 taking it easy. On the adjoining platform is 170416 with the 21:05 to Edinburgh Waverley.

Denburn Valley Line (Great North of Scotland Railway)
Alan Cormack [10/01/2017]


Ordsall Chord: The new viaduct for the Ordsall Chord edges ever further south as it is about to cross Trinity Way. Behind the camera is the deck of the bridge over the River Irwell which the viaduct will eventually link up to.

Ordsall Chord (Network Rail)
John McIntyre [10/01/2017]


Carmont: This is the 11:42 Aberdeen to Glasgow Queen Street passing the signal box at Tannachie. The station here was latterly called Carmont having gone through various names; New Mill Offset, Newmill Siding, Newmill and finally Carmont. Carmont was somewhat further east but at least Carmont Hill is not far away.

Aberdeen Railway
Alan Cormack [10/01/2017]


Ordsall Chord: Looking south down Water Street, with the L&M Liverpool Road station above to the immediate left, the deck of the new Ordsall Chord bridge and beyond it the replacement bridge on the line from Castlefield Jct to Ordsall Jct.These two bridges were installed during a closure over Christmas and New Year.

Ordsall Chord (Network Rail)
John McIntyre [10/01/2017]


Manchester Piccadilly: An evening view from the western end of platforms 13/14 at Manchester Piccadilly looking towards Oxford Road. In the distance are the tail lights of an ATW DMU waiting to proceed as both signals above it are at danger. Over the extended Christmas and New Year possession signalling improvements were introduced to allow bi-directional running on these lines through to Ordsall Jct.

Manchester and Birmingham Railway
John McIntyre [10/01/2017]


Heysham Port: Built by the Midland Railway to provide power for the electrified railway to Morecambe and Lancaster, this is the first Heysham Power Station. Following closure, removal of the generating equipment and some rebuilding it became a workshop for the port, a role it continues to perform today. Seen from the ferry terminal road in January 2017, the railway in the foreground is the short branch to the nuclear power stations.

Heysham Harbour Branch (Midland Railway)
Mark Bartlett [10/01/2017]


Ordsall Chord: Looking south along the River Irwell on 10 January 2017, with the new bridge over the river for the Ordsall Chord in the middle distance.

Ordsall Chord (Network Rail)
John McIntyre [10/01/2017]


Aberdeen: The 21:05 to Edinburgh Waverley, Class 170 416, at Aberdeen.

Denburn Valley Line (Great North of Scotland Railway)
Alan Cormack [10/01/2017]


Ordsall Chord: With the deck of the bridge over the River Irwell on the left skyline, on the right is one of the steel arches that will eventually be lifted to support the deck.

Ordsall Chord (Network Rail)
John McIntyre [10/01/2017]


Aberdeen: Aberdeen station, sleeper to London Euston; Class 66736 Wolverhampton Wanderers doing the hard work and 73936 taking it easy, effectively operating as an 'ETHEL'.

Denburn Valley Line (Great North of Scotland Railway)
Alan Cormack [10/01/2017]


Rose Hill Marple: A Northern Pacer at Rose Hill Marple in the late afternoon of 10 January 2017 waiting to return to Manchester Piccadilly. I suspect that the train crew were a little bemused at who this strange Scotsman was who travelled out from Piccadilly only to photograph and return!

Macclesfield, Bollington and Marple Railway
John McIntyre [10/01/2017]


Hairmyres: Arrival at Hairmyres.

Busby Railway
John Yellowlees [10/01/2017]


Deansgate: A pair of EMT Class 158s heading west from Deansgate station towards Castlefields Jct with the 1057 service from Norwich to Liverpool on a damp and dull 10 January 2017.

Manchester, South Junction and Altrincham Railway
John McIntyre [10/01/2017]


Thorntonhall: Thorntonhall seen here is of course on the Busby-East Kilbride line which will attain its 150th anniversary on 1 September next year.

Busby Railway
John Yellowlees [10/01/2017]


Aberdeen: The nameplate of class 66736 Wolverhampton Wanderers.

Denburn Valley Line (Great North of Scotland Railway)
Alan Cormack [10/01/2017]


Thorntonhall: The diminutive station building at Thorntonhall, viewed from the road bridge. Thorntonhall is served by only alternate trains.

Busby Railway
John Yellowlees [10/01/2017]


Stokesley: Between Stokesley and Battersby Junction Stations the now lifted line from Picton ran under the B1257 Stokesley to Helmsley road, under the still extant curved, humped, stone bridge as seen in a view looking in a southerly direction. The bridge is north of Great Broughton.

North Yorkshire and Cleveland Railway
David Pesterfield [10/01/2018]


Stokesley: Between Stokesley and Battersby Junction Stations the now lifted line from Picton ran under the B1257 Stokesley to Helmsley road. This crossed the still extant curved, humped, stone bridge seen in a view looking along the trackbed in a westerly direction from Back Lane, Great Broughton in January 2018.

North Yorkshire and Cleveland Railway
David Pesterfield [10/01/2018]


Events


Events from the chronology which occured on this day. This generally lists events before 1995, the creation of the website.

YearCompaniesDescription
1898Vale of Glamorgan RailwayPorthkerry Park viaduct sinks leading to line closure.
1955Newtyle Eassie and Glamiss Railway
Dundee and Newtyle Railway
Alyth Junction to Dundee West closed to passengers.
1955Blairgowrie Branch (Caledonian Railway)Blairgowrie to Coupar Angus closed to passengers
1955Wemyss and Buckhaven RailwayClosed to passengers from Methil to Thornton
1955Broughty Ferry to Forfar BranchForfar (Forfar North Junction) to Dundee East (Broughty Junction) closed to passengers.
1955Wemyss and Buckhaven RailwayMethil to Thornton Junction closed to passengers

News


These are old news items which which occured on this day. This generally lists events after 1995, the creation of the website.

YearCompaniesDescription
2000TurboStars introduced on Aberdeen serviceTurboStars commence on Edinburgh to Aberdeen Service.
2001ScotRail^s 15min interval Edinburgh to Glasgow service restoredScotRail^s 15-minute interval service between Glasgow and Edinburgh will be reinstated from start of service on 10 January following renewal of switches and crossings at Greenhill Upper Jn and Haymarket West Jn. The timetable last ran on 6 November, and with imposition of emergency speed restrictions from then until 11 December the journey-time became 75 minutes - thereafter it was 65 minutes, but now it can revert to the previous 48 minutes.
2002Class 322 driver trainingClass 322 driver training is due to begin shortly.
2005Hatfield executives go on trial [BBC News]Engineering firm Balfour Beatty and five railway managers are to go on trial for manslaughter over the Hatfield rail crash.
2006160m Glasgow airport link plan ^significant step closer^ [Scotsman]A PLANNED 160 million rail link between Glasgow airport and the city centre could be up and running within three years under proposals submitted to the Scottish Parliament yesterday.
2006Warning over transport body [Scotsman]A TRANSPORT lobby group has warned Scotland^s new transport agency must deliver on small-scale transport issues as well as major road and rail projects.
2007Experts call for over-60s to have free travel on Subway [Scotsman]PEOPLE aged 60 and over should travel free on the Glasgow Subway, regional transport experts have said.
2007More rail misery for thousands as signals fault causes mayhem [Scotsman]THOUSANDS of rail commuters suffered major disruption for the second time in four days when equipment installed after last week^s derailment at Waverley station in Edinburgh failed yesterday.
2007MSPs to grill Transport Minister over rural buses [Scotsman]TRANSPORT Minister Tavish Scott was today due to face questions over recent cutbacks to the city^s bus network and higher fares for residents in rural west Edinburgh.
2008Anger at continuing railway work [BBC News]Train operator First ScotRail says the handling of engineering work at a rail junction is "unacceptable".
2010Car crashes onto railway tracks [BBC News Article]The bad weather is believed to be the cause of a car crashing onto the railway line near Blair Atholl in Perthshire.
2010Man charged after crossing crash [BBC News Article]A man is charged with a road traffic offence following a collision between a van and a train at a railway level crossing.
2011ORR consults on regulation of Borders RailwayThe Office of Rail Regulation has launched a consultation on its approach to regulation of Borders Railway - the proposed rail line between Edinburgh and Tweedbank. [From Ian Dinmore]
2011Work on Britannia Bridge over Menai Strait starts [BBC News]A 4m scheme to strengthen one of the bridges spanning the Menai Strait in north Wales is underway.
2011ScotRail told to ^come clean^ about claims of dangerous incident on commuter train [Courier]A west Fife councillor says he is asking ScotRail to ^come clean^ regarding an incident on one of its trains.
2012HS2: Phase one of high-speed rail line gets go-ahead [BBC News]A controversial new high-speed rail line between London and Birmingham has been given the go-ahead by government. This first phase of High Speed Two (HS2) could be running by 2026, later extending to northern England. Transport Secretary Justine Greening has announced extra tunnelling along the 90-mile (140km) first phase in response to environmental concerns. Opponents also dispute government claims HS2 will deliver benefits worth up to 47bn, at costs of about 33bn. The first phase of the project would cut London-Birmingham journey times, on 225mph trains, to 49 minutes, Ms Greening said. Continue reading the main story Department for Transport detailed maps Q&A: High-speed rail Link to unleash ^held back^ city Village^s mixed views on HS2 line This would be followed by a second phase of Y-shaped track reaching Manchester and Leeds by about 2033. Connections to existing lines should then cut journey times between London, and Edinburgh and Glasgow, to three-and-a-half hours.
2013London Underground celebrates 150th anniversary [BBC News]Events are taking place to mark the 150th anniversary of London Underground. On Wednesday night, a steam train recreated the journey of the first underground train, carrying people three and a half miles from Paddington in west London to Farringdon, just outside the City.
2014Apples and orchids on Burma^s slow train [BBC Asia]In Burma, the country also known as Myanmar, much has changed over the past three years. Political reforms have been introduced and the South East Asian nation has started attracting new investment from around the world. Some things, though, are taking a bit longer. And perhaps for once that lack of speed is not necessarily a bad thing. [From Richard Buckby]
2014Shanghai metro: 52km in under two minutes [BBC News Asia]Smart and modern, trains on Shanghai^s new metro line 16 reach up to 120km/h (75 mph). The line is opening this week, and along with a partial stretch of line 12, it makes the city^s metro system the first in the world to cover a total length of more than 500 km (310 miles). The network now extends far into the suburbs despite the first bit of track having been laid little more than 20 years ago. [From Richard Buckby[
2015Could the dining car ever make a comeback? [BBC]Britain^s traditional railway restaurant car is threatening to make a surprising comeback, writes Adrian Quine. The years after privatisation were not kind to the UK^s restaurant cars. A 150-year tradition of fine dining on the move appeared to be about to be confined to the history books. But now the romance of dining on freshly cooked cordon bleu cuisine and fine wine while travelling at 125mph appears to be creeping back.
2016Virgin unveils first train of refurbished fleet [Rail News]Virgin Trains East Coast has unveiled the first train to be overhauled as part of its £40 million refurbishment programme. The operator has released images of new modern standard and first class interiors, which are being delivered from Bounds Green depot in London and Craigentinny depot in Edinburgh. The refurbishment will see seating replaced, new carpets and soft furnishings, and improvements to toilets. An additional £16 million is being spent on new diesel engines and re-branding the external livery. [From Richard Buckby]
2017Lancashire MP Mark Menzies to fight ^barmy^ rail fares to London [BBC News]An MP has vowed to fight a rail firm^s ^barmy^ price structure which has seen people charged more than three times as much to travel a shorter route. Mark Menzies claims Virgin Trains is ^stinging^ passengers between Preston and London by charging more than those leaving Lancaster on the same trains. Preston tickets cost up to £145 for a standard single in peak hours, while the longer journey can cost £42.50. Virgin said the costs reflect the high number of Preston business travellers. [From Mark Bartlett]
2017Southern rail strike: peace deal is a ^universe away^ [Evening Standard]Thousands of Southern passengers suffered more strike misery today as a union warned of more stoppages to come and said a peace deal was a “universe away”. The bleak assessment on the 31st day of strike action to hit the beleaguered railway came as almost all services were halted for 300,000 people. Battered commuters tried to beat the strike by trekking to nearby lines run by other rail companies - only to be met with huge queues. It followed a separate strike on the London Underground yesterday.
2018Govia Thameslink franchise ^not providing value for money^ [BBC News]Passengers on Southern, Thameslink and Great Northern services have suffered the worst rail disruption in the UK, according to a highly critical report. The National Audit Office (NAO) said the UK^s largest rail franchise had not provided value for money. It found the services had been the ^worst on the network^ since Govia Thameslink (GTR) took over the routes.
2018Humza Yousaf accused of losing grip over substandard ScotRail [Scotsman]Transport minister Humza Yousaf signalled today he will order performance improvements from the ScotRail Alliance with Network Rail after declaring it ^hasn^t been to the standard I^d expect^. Transport minister Humza Yousaf has been accused of losing his grip after he signalled more improvements may be ordered because of falling punctuality. The minister said performance hasnt been to the standard Id expect. However, opposition parties said he should have acted sooner because timekeeping has been on the slide for several months. The deteriorating performance has come despite the ScotRail Alliance with Network Rail operating a performance improvement plan since it was ordered by Mr Yousaf when punctuality fell in autumn 2016.