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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-14186: John Finnie (Highlands and Islands)

Scottish Green Party

Date lodged: 30 January 2018

To ask the Scottish Government, further to the answer to question S5W-13792 by Humza Yousaf on 18 January 2018, whether it considers there is a difference between a guard and a ticket examiner and, if so, what the difference is, and how many ScotRail services ran without a (a) guard and (b) second member of staff in 2017.

Answered by: Humza Yousaf 15 February 2018

I can confirm there is a difference between the roles and responsibilities of a Guard (Conductor) and a Ticket Examiner. Although both have several aspects of their roles which are identical, a Guard has the additional responsibility for opening and closing the doors and signalling to the Driver that it is safe to proceed. A Ticket Examiner does not have these responsibilities.

Guards are always the second member of staff on board Diesel services. Diesel services will be cancelled if a guard is not available to travel. Ticket Examiners in the main operate on Electric services but can also be a third member of staff on Diesel services if required. Electric services can and do operate when, on the few occasions, a Ticket Examiner is not available to travel.

NB - When electrification rolls out to Edinburgh to Glasgow via Falkirk High, Edinburgh/Glasgow to Dunblane/Stirling/Alloa, Edinburgh to Glasgow via Shotts and North Berwick/Dunbar lines, these services will be operated with a Guard who will retain the same roles and responsibilities they currently have as described above.

The answers to the additional questions are as follows.

A) - NIL - a Diesel train will not operate without a Guard on board.

B) - From January 2017 until December 2017 there was approximately 1.09% of ScotRail services operated without a Ticket Examiner on board for all or part of a journey .