Poll: Support for nationalising Scotland's railways rises

A new poll has shown support for rail nationalisation in Scotland has risen in the past three months.

The majority of Scots want the railways to be re-nationalised. Picture: JP
The majority of Scots want the railways to be re-nationalised. Picture: JP

The Scottish electorate are growing unhappy with the nation’s train services and support for nationalisation of the railways has grown to 58%.

Research from YouGov found that the net satisfaction rating for rail service is 27, a decrease of 18 points since the end of August.

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In those three months ScotRail, - the operator of many of Scotland’s busiest routes - Network Rail and the Scottish Government have faced sharp criticism for delays and cancellations that have affect thousands of commuters.

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The study commissioned by The Times, found the percentage of commuters who are satisfied with train services in Scotland is at 58%, down ten points, while 31% are dissatisfied.

When YouGov previously asked the same question the figures were 68% and 23%.

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The poll found increasing public backing for nationalisation. Fifty-eight per cent of Scots support nationalisation and 19% oppose it placing net support for the move at 39%, up from 35 three months ago.

Transport is becoming an increasing problem for the SNP administration.

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Earlier this week, a 249-point rail improvement plan was published by the Scottish Government.

ScotRail has been ordered to complete the proposed steps to return punctuality to “acceptable” levels.

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Transport secretary Humza Yousaf said improvements to the Scottish network would be more rigorously scrutinised before being approved, in an attempt to prevent a repeat of the runaway costs of current schemes. The minister declined to speculate as to whether train punctuality in the current four-week period would show an improvement or deterioration.