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Parliamentary debates and questions

S5W-18111: Rachael Hamilton (Ettrick, Roxburgh and Berwickshire)

Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party

Date lodged: 8 August 2018

To ask the Scottish Government what action it is taking to reduce stop-skipping on the Borders Railway; how it is monitoring the effectiveness of this approach, and what information it has regarding how many services on the line have skipped stations each year.

Answered by: Michael Matheson 4 September 2018

Following engagement by the Scottish Government, ScotRail will now only deploy the practice of “skip-stopping” in exceptional circumstances. The effectiveness of this process is monitored by Transport Scotland.

On the Borders Railway: there were 27 reported instances of stations on the Borders Line being affected by skip-stopping since the start of this calendar year. However, since the change in policy from the end of March, there has been no skip-stopping of stations on the Borders Line.