Orkney’s MSP, Liam McArthur has appealed to the Scottish Government to support efforts to persuade Scotrail to put in place alternative arrangements in the face of the closure of left luggage facilities at Aberdeen Railway Station.
Mr McArthur recently wrote to ScotRail highlighting the disproportionate impact this decision would have on islanders, waiting for onward travel by train or ferry. ScotRail responded to say that they have ‘no immediate plans’ to replace the facility, but would ‘explore the possibility’ of working with a local retailer in the redeveloped station to offer another solution.
Mr McArthur has now written to the Transport Secretary, Michael Matheson, to urge the government to make representations to ScotRail, encouraging them to guarantee that suitable alternative arrangements are put in place as soon as possible.
Orkney’s MSP commented:
“It is clear from the constituents who have contacted me over recent weeks that the closure of the left luggage facilities at Aberdeen railway station will have a disproportionate impact on those from Orkney and Shetland, passing through Aberdeen. Moreover, older people or those with disabilities may face particular challenges as a result of the loss of these facilities.
“Scotrail is entirely within its rights, of course, to redevelop the station but it also has a responsibility to put in place alternative arrangements in circumstances like this. To make matters worse, there appears to have been little or no consultation with passengers and users of the service before the decision to close the left luggage facilities was taken.
“I have urged the Transport Secretary, therefore, to step in. I hope he will be able to persuade ScotRail to fulfil their obligations as a responsible business and put in place alternative arrangements for left luggage within the station”.