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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-04958: Murdo Fraser (Mid Scotland and Fife)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 22 November 2016

To ask the Scottish Government what action it will take to monitor the delivery of the network performance improvement plan that was submitted by Abellio ScotRail in September 2016; which services will be prioritised, and how the cost of the improvement plan will be met.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 6 December 2016

The Scottish Government has put in place a process to monitor the delivery of ScotRail's Performance Improvement Plan. This includes challenge to ScotRail on the progress made towards delivering the initiatives, assurance reviews and an analysis of progress reports provided.

The Performance Improvement Plan is set out into three key themes - Infrastructure, Fleet and Operations - with actions identified for these themes across all regions of Scotland. The plan contains the completion date for each of the actions and is not based on prioritising services.

ScotRail have accelerated £8m this year and committed an additional £8m post April 2017 to deliver the initiatives contained in the Performance Improvement Plan, along with £14m to improve Class 158 train reliability and upgrades to on-train facilities, at no additional cost to the Scottish Government.