Rail union claims ScotRail is not equipped to deal with Forth Road Bridge closure

The union claims ScotRail cannot deal with the demands
The union claims ScotRail cannot deal with the demands

The rail union RMT has warned today that the closure of the Forth Road Bridge has exposed the ‘chronic’ lack of ScotRail rolling stock.

The union said today (Friday) that the enforced and sudden closure of the bridge has exposed a severe shortage of capacity on ScotRail with the company now advising people not to travel on its services as it is already rammed out to capacity as travellers seek to find alternative ways to complete their journey.

The problem is now expected to last for weeks.

Mick Cash, RMT General Secretary, said: “The sudden and enforced closure of the Forth Bridge has seriously exposed the chronic lack of spare rolling stock and capacity on ScotRail with the company now advising people not to use their services and to stay at home.

“It is a ludicrous state of affairs when the main rail service is tipped into complete meltdown because of passengers seeking an alternative way of completing their journey.

“This situation calls for an immediate review of the capacity and fleet stock on ScotRail so that passengers are not confronted with this kind of chaotic situation in the future.”