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Chamber and committees

Motion ref. S5M-05106

Cycle Capacity on Scotland's Railways

Submitted by: Liam Kerr, North East Scotland, Scottish Conservative and Unionist Party.
Date lodged: Monday, April 10, 2017

Supported by: Jeremy Balfour, Claudia Beamish, Bill Bowman, Miles Briggs, Alexander Burnett, Donald Cameron, Finlay Carson, Peter Chapman, Alex Cole-Hamilton, Maurice Corry, Neil Findlay, Murdo Fraser, Maurice Golden, Iain Gray, Jamie Greene, Rachael Hamilton, Alison Harris, Patrick Harvie, Daniel Johnson, Alison Johnstone, John Lamont, Johann Lamont, Gordon Lindhurst, Dean Lockhart, Margaret Mitchell, Edward Mountain, Oliver Mundell, Douglas Ross, Mark Ruskell, Anas Sarwar, Graham Simpson, Liz Smith, Alexander Stewart, Ross Thomson, Annie Wells, Brian Whittle, Andy Wightman
Current status: Taken in the Chamber on Wednesday, May 24, 2017

That the Parliament notes the calls on Transport Scotland and ScotRail to reverse reported plans to reduce available cycle space on trains serving intermediate stations on the Edinburgh/Glasgow - Inverness and East Coast main lines; understands that, on 25 February 2015, the ScotRail Franchise Delivery Team informed a meeting at the Parliament that there would be improvements in 2018-19, with the introduction of four and five coach InterCity 125 High Speed Trains and an expectation that these would carry at least 20 cycles; further understands that the cycling campaign group, Spokes, has discovered that the increase in bike space has been gradually reduced, which means that, for the stations on these lines, there will be fewer spaces for cycles than at present; believes that almost all ScotRail trains are Class 170 Turbostars with four official bike spaces and that, although the new plans include a total of eight bike spaces, six can only be used at the termini, with only two spaces available for stations other than the departure and arrival points; notes the calls on Transport Scotland and the ScotRail Alliance to recognise the immense contribution that it considers cyclists bring to local economies, especially in the Highlands and the north east, and further notes the calls on the Scottish Government to bring pressure on Transport Scotland and ScotRail to reverse this decision and increase cycle space on Scotland’s railways, as it understands was promised in 2015.