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S5W-08734: Mike Rumbles (North East Scotland)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 6 April 2017

To ask the Scottish Government what (a) discussions, (b) meetings and (c) correspondence it has had with (i) Abellio, (ii) passenger groups, (iii) cycling groups and (iv) other stakeholders regarding cycle spaces on the class 125 trains that are joining the fleet, and what part the health ministers played in these.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 26 April 2017

Transport Scotland and Abellio ScotRail (ASR) meet regularly to discuss issues around integration, including on-train cycle carriage. We are working together to understand the impact, develop options and assess how to deliver value for money solutions which will balance the needs of all passengers who wish to travel by rail, in conjunction with relevant cycling groups.

ASR is obliged through the current FA to provide many enhancements and it will invest around £4M in those projects with the aim to boost rail/ cycle integration by improving facilities for cyclists at either end of their journey to reduce demand for taking bikes on trains. Our view is that the ASR approach offers the greatest contribution to encourage more people to integrate cycling into their journeys in an affordable and efficient manner.