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Parliamentary Debates and Questions

S5W-19763: Mike Rumbles (North East Scotland)

Scottish Liberal Democrats

Date lodged: 5 November 2018

To ask the Scottish Government whether it plans to end or significantly reduce the practice of on-board train toilets dispersing waste onto rail tracks and, if so, by (a) how much and (b) what date.

Answered by: Michael Matheson 28 November 2018

The Scottish Government has directly funded previous installation programmes to eradicate this practice across ScotRail fleets. We understand this interim measure is regrettable, but necessary to support more services and jobs across the country while retaining passenger services between our key seven cities. Wabtec must deliver their work as soon as possible, so passengers and staff can benefit from these improvements and the 26 fully upgraded trains can phase out the interim fleet of ten Classic HSTs during 2019-20.

I have recently met with ScotRail & Wabtec, and asked that they look at temporary solutions for non-refurbished trains which may avoid the issue. I have also told Wabtec the faster they can finalise the refurbishment programme the better for staff and passengers alike.