Moray public have chance to quiz ScotRail chief on Monday

ScotRail – public meeting with CEO Phil Verster to take place on Monday

A PUBLIC MEETING to answer questions put directly to the chief executive officer of ScotRail is to take place in the Elgin Town Hall next week.

Moray’s MSP Richard Lochhead organised the meeting following his own talks with Phil Verster at the Scottish Parliament in November, on the back of dozens of complaints from rail users in Moray.

Some of the issues raised with Mr Verster at the time have been addressed by ScotRail, with recent announcements on planned improvements to the Inverness to Aberdeen line through Moray.

However, there remains several questions being put forward by passengers most notably over the frustrations they feel at cancelled services and overcrowded trains.

In November, Mr Lochhead issued an invitation to the ScotRail chief to come to Moray and meet his passengers in person.  Speaking ahead of Monday’s meeting the MSP said: “I’m delighted that people in Moray will have the chance to raise their concerns directly with the Managing Director of Scotland’s train operator.

“Issues around the cancellation of services and lack of equality for the access to Club 50 are just a couple of issues that many constituents have raised with me.  These issues cause great frustration for train users and it’s great that people will have the chance to voice those concerns.  I would encourage folk who have experienced problems to come along and put them to Mr Verster who will be able to hear the issues first hand.

“I hope that when Mr Verster hears about these issues directly from people that it will lead to improvements in the services provided on the Aberdeen – Inverness line.”

That public meeting will take place on Monday at 7pm in the Elgin Town Hall.