Leader comment: Draw a line under ScotRail troubles

While transport minister Humza Yousaf has been at the centre of the political storm over ScotRail’s performance, Phil Verster has been at the sharp end of sorting it out.

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Phil Verster has been managing director of the ScotRail Alliance since 2015. Picture: SNS

ScotRail chief quits – but says it’s not to do with delays

SCOTRAIL Alliance managing director Phil Verster is quitting to run a new type of railway in England.

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ScotRail is installing passenger counters to gauge how full its trains are. Picture: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Alastair Dalton: Dramatically cut fares to fill empty seats?

You might think from all the coverage of ScotRail’s overcrowded trains that there’s not a spare seat to be had.

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Emergency services on the scene after a car ploughed into pedestrians in Melbourne. Picture: AP/Andrew Brownbill

3 dead, 20 hurt after car drives into pedestrians in Melbourne

A man deliberately drove into a street crowded with pedestrians in Australia’s second-largest city, killing at least three people and injuring 20 others.

Transport Scotland said trunk roads were in a reasonable condition but there had been no significant improvement. Picture: Phil Wilkinson

Scottish road spending cuts ‘cannot continue’, MSPs told

Cuts in road maintenance spending cannot continue, a senior Scottish Government roads official told MSPs today.

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A number of new stations have opened in Glasgow in recent decades. Picture: Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images

Robroyston station opening will be Glasgow’s 60th

Glasgow is set to open its 60th railway station after the local authority today approved £10 million worth of funding for a project that will also deliver 1600 new homes.

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Trains are facing significant delays. Picture; John Devlin

‘Deliberate fire’ causes disruption on Scotrail services

A deliberate fire that caused significant damage to railway equipment has caused delays on services between Edinburgh and Milngavie this morning.

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ScotRail season ticket holders are in line for a weeks free travel. Picture: Getty Images

Row erupts over ScotRail’s free travel compensation scheme

A row has erupted over who will pay for pledged free travel for season ticket holders as compensation for ScotRail train delays.

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tRail says punctuality will increase further. Pic: Ian Georgeson.

ScotRail punctuality on the rise - but row over free travel

ScotRail punctuality should be better by March than the level that triggered ministers to order improvements, managing director Phil Verster told MSPs today.

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Borders College is feeling the benefits of the new rail link

Push for control of railways to be devolved to Scotland

A campaign to devolve control of Scotland’s railways to Holyrood is to call for support from all political parties.

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Record year for Edinburgh Airport as millions pass through in 2016

Edinburgh Airport has broken a new annual record for passengers at any Scottish airport after it confirmed 12,366,498 flew through the airport in 2016.

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Electro-fishing to remove fish from the Union Canal in Linlithgow today. Picture: Lisa Ferguson

Giant pike sought during draining of Union Canal

An elusive 1m-long pike is being sought by contractors clearing fish from a stretch of the Union Canal being drained for maintenance.

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The landing strip on Barra is washed by the tide twice a day and is the only beach airport in the world to handle scheduled flights. Picture: Allan Milligan

Passenger numbers up at some of Scotland’s smallest airports

The operator of some of Scotland’s smallest airports has reported its passenger numbers rose to a new record level in 2016.

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Lothian Buses will be helping to fund the tram line extension. Picture: Dan Phillips

Lothian Buses set to hand council £20m to fund tram extension

LOTHIAN Buses chiefs have agreed to put in place crucial financing which would allow proposals to extend the tram route to Newhaven to proceed.

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Ryanair have announced a flash sale. Picture; Neil Hanna

Ryanair launch Blue Monday flash sale

Ryanair have today launched a massive Blue Monday seat sale with thousands of seats on sale from just ₤9.99 for travel in January and February, only on the website.

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Safety checks are being carried out on the Forth Rail Bridge. Picture Rob McDougall

Trains running as normal after Forth Bridge safety checks

Scotrail have confirmed their services are back to normal after warning commuters that they faced significant delays due to safety checks being carried out on the Forth Bridge.

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People stand with snow sledges behind the closed snow gates in Spital of Glenshee, United Kingdom.   (Photo by Jeff J Mitchell/Getty Images)

Scotland weather: Winter’s icy grip will be loosened over weekend

Milder conditions will give Scotland a respite from winter this weekend, with temperatures forecast to reach 10C in some areas by tomorrow.

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Union warns against British Transport Police merger plans

Merging the British Transport Police (BTP) in Scotland with the country’s “troubled” police force could spark “big delays” for travellers and hit rail firms in the pocket, a union leader has warned.

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SSE engineers clear fallen trees from a road near Yetts O'Muckhart, east of Stirling. Picture: Andrew Milligan/PA Wire

Scotland’s weather: New warning issued for more snow and ice

A further snow and ice warning was issued today after snow and strong winds caused power cuts, felled trees and blocked roads.

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