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Chamber and committees

Question ref. S6W-09178
Asked by: Neil Bibby, West Scotland, Scottish Labour
Date lodged: 16 June 2022

Question

To ask the Scottish Government how many rail replacement bus services ScotRail has provided on each day since it came into public ownership on 1 April 2022.

Current status: Answered by Jenny Gilruth on 30 June 2022


Answer

The replacement (planned and unplanned) of train services with bus replacement services remains an operational matter for ScotRail. Planned buses replace train services that have been impacted as a result of planned works on Scotland’s railway i.e. planned engineering works. ScotRail advise that 515 buses were booked during April 2022. This figure is particularly high with bus replacement services planned every day in April as a result of the Anderston works.

Unplanned buses replace train services that have been impacted as a result of driver shortages, trespassing onto the tracks, fleet issues, signalling issues, points failures and other track faults. ScotRail advise they were supplied with a total of 143 bus replacement services to cover unplanned train service disruption during April 2022.

The breakdown for each day during April 2022 for unplanned and planned bus replacement is as follows:-

Date

Number of Buses booked to ScotRail

(Planned Train Service Disruption)

Number of Buses supplied to ScotRail (Unplanned Train Service Disruption)

01 April 2022

20

6

02 April 2022

23

12

03 April 2022

20

12

04 April 2022

14

3

05 April 2022

14

10

06 April 2022

14

3

07 April 2022

14

6

08 April 2022

14

4

09 April 2022

17

1

10 April 2022

20

8

11 April 2022

14

6

12 April 2022

14

2

13 April 2022

14

7

14 April 2022

14

6

15 April 2022

14

1

16 April 2022

18

6

17 April 2022

20

6

18 April 2022

23

0

19 April 2022

14

1

20 April 2022

14

9

21 April 2022

14

1

22 April 2022

14

1

23 April 2022

17

2

24 April 2022

20

12

25 April 2022

14

5

26 April 2022

14

0

27 April 2022

14

4

28 April 2022

14

6

29 April 2022

14

3

30 April 2022

51

0

Grand Total

515

143