Date lodged: 24 May 2017
To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to increase the proportion of ScotRail services that are fully accessible to disabled people.
Answered by: Humza Yousaf 7 June 2017
The Scottish Government has secured a range of services and improvements for disabled and other passengers through the Abellio ScotRail franchise. For example, £3m of funding dedicated to make small access improvements at stations throughout the network supported by ScotRail’s Minor works fund. ScotRail is also leading the rail industry by reducing the period of notice for assistance bookings from 24 hours to 3 hours by 31 December 2017, with a commitment to reduce to 1 hour within the franchise period. This will greatly enhance the flexibility and choice for disabled passengers who require help to use ScotRail services.
At present, 75% of the existing ScotRail train fleet meets rail vehicle accessibility standards. Investment in the refurbishment of rolling stock along with the introduction of new trains over coming years will ensure that 100% of the ScotRail fleet will meet the vehicle standards by 1 January 2020 as required under the Equality Act 2010.
These commitments are complemented by other investments specifically designed to improve access to rail services. For example, through partnership with the Department for Transport, the Scottish government has prioritised £60m of Access for All funding to make 25 Scottish stations step free and fully accessible.