Edinburgh, UK. 14th Nov, 2018. Ahead of a Holyrood vote calling for the ScotRail break clause to be exercised, Scottish Labour leader Richard Leonard and Transport spokesperson Colin Smyth campaign at Waverley station. Credit: Colin Fisher/Alamy Live News
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HOLYROOD MUST HIT THE BRAKES ON RAIL PRIVATISATION Labour will today urge MSPs to ‘hit the brakes’ on failed rail privatisation. The party will force a vote on whether the government should enforce the ScotRail break clause to bring the current franchise to an end in 2022. Under the terms of the Scottish government’s agreement with the train operator Abellio, the SNP can exercise an opportunity in 2020 to end the franchise by its first expiry date in 2022. Labour will argue the case for public ownership of our railways, and expose the failure of the SNP to properly progress a public sector operator for the ScotRail franchise. Labour Transport spokesperson Colin Smyth said: “MSPs today can hit the brakes on failed rail privatisation by backing Labour’s bid to exercise the break clause in the ScotRail contract. “Abellio was supposed to be a world leading contract for ScotRail. Instead passengers are suffering from overpriced, overcrowded trains that are frequently cancelled or skipping stops. “The SNP promised to work up a public sector bid for the railways, if that were a serious promise they should be willing to exercise the break clause so that operator can step in.” NOTES TO EDITORS Labour's motion for debate is: That the Parliament believes that the Scottish Government should exercise the break clause in the ScotRail franchise at the earliest