Date lodged: 20 June 2016
To ask the Scottish Government what recent assessment it has made of the potential impact on the safety of (a) passengers and (b) staff of driver-only operations on (i) current and (ii) future ScotRail (A) passenger and (B) freight services.
Answered by: Humza Yousaf 6 July 2016
Driver-controlled operation trains with a second staff member have operated safely over the last three decades and currently operate on 51% of ScotRail services, carrying circa 59% of passengers. Any change to working practices, including the introduction of new trains is subject to Office of Road and Rail (ORR) scrutiny and approval. I have written to the ORR to seek their views and will provide the member with a copy of the reply.