Derek Mackay MSP

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Derek Mackay MSP

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  • Member for: Renfrewshire North and West
  • Region: West Scotland
  • Party: Scottish National Party

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Meeting of the Parliament 04 December 2014 : Thursday, December 04, 2014
Derek Mackay

I am happy to pursue the issue. We have every sympathy with those who seek the most local access to a train station. There is an equality issue in there as well.

The latest information that I have is that, with 98,900 passenger journeys recorded in 2013, Gilshochill station is the 214th busiest of the 351 stations in Scotland. I highlight the fact that ScotRail provides any disabled passenger who cannot use the station due to lack of access with alternative transport to the nearest accessible station free of charge.

I am happy to engage with the Department for Transport on the criteria that it uses to guide us in relation to funds that are available.



Meeting of the Parliament 04 December 2014 : Thursday, December 04, 2014
Derek Mackay

The Department for Transport sets the criteria that guide how we give priority to Scottish stations for inclusion in access to all, which is the fund that is dedicated to addressing access issues at railway stations. Gilshochill station does not meet the criteria, as Mr Doris mentioned.

I am happy to provide further information on additional support that can be given for access to train stations and on my future meetings in relation to disability access and equality on transport services. I am also happy to reconsider how we might be able to support Gilshochill station but, in essence, the criteria for the fund that is dedicated to the issue are set by the Department for Transport.



Meeting of the Parliament 04 December 2014 : Thursday, December 04, 2014
The Minister for Transport and Islands (Derek Mackay)

The Scottish Government continues to support substantial improvements to railway stations, trains and the provision of dedicated assistance for disabled passengers provided by ScotRail. For example, the Scottish ministers have prioritised 22 station upgrades through the £41 million access for all fund, which included the creation of step-free access at several stations in Glasgow.



Meeting of the Parliament 27 November 2014 : Thursday, November 27, 2014
Derek Mackay

I would be happy to write to the member with the details of how we will consider that and with a target date. I want to be transparent about the options that are open to us and to make sure that locals are informed about likely progress. However, the member will appreciate that, in my first week in the job, there is much for me to consider and I am waiting for the required information from Network Rail so that I can properly consider the bid, cost it and ensure that what we do is credible and beyond challenge.

I am proud of our impressive record of continued investment in transport and improved accessibility to the rail network across Scotland. The investment continues to create employment, to stimulate growth and to create conditions of advantage and opportunity for Scottish communities. I encourage all those who are working towards the opening of Reston and East Linton stations to maintain that momentum with the new services, because they will greatly support the realisation of the goal of bringing the new stations to fruition and the benefit of public transport for all.

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Meeting of the Parliament 27 November 2014 : Thursday, November 27, 2014
The Minister for Transport and Islands (Derek Mackay)

I thank members for their warm and generous welcome to my new post of Minister for Transport and Islands. I appreciate the keen interest that has been shown in this issue by a number of parties in the chamber.

I understood some contributions more readily and easily than others, given the geography involved. Added to that is the fact that I am obviously intimidated by my ministerial colleague sitting to my left, Paul Wheelhouse, who also has a keen interest in this issue, along with the other members who have taken forward this important local cause. In that tone, I congratulate Jim Hume on securing the debate.

This is an important issue to communities in East Lothian and the Scottish Borders. The Scottish Government’s record on opening new stations—as broadcast and explained by Alex Johnstone—shows just how important it is to us. Our record speaks for itself. Since 2007, six new stations have been built and nine more are due to be opened as part of the Borders rail project.

We are committed to supporting major projects and improvements to infrastructure and services across the network to contribute to sustainable economic growth. That is reflected in an ambitious £5 billion package of funding and investment until 2019.

We are delivering the Borders railway—the longest new domestic railway to be constructed in Britain for over 100 years—on time and within budget.

Next year, as we all know, two new exciting rail franchises will be in operation. They will build on passenger feedback to the rail 2014 consultation and the results of the national rail passenger surveys, all of which point to the need for an efficient, reliable and value-for-money service for Scotland’s passengers. As such, we have secured contracts that reflect our desire that the franchise should put the passenger first, contribute to the overall economy and build on the successes of the current franchise. The successful bidder’s proposals satisfy those requirements and more. They underline the Government’s commitment to providing enhanced rail services across Scotland. Trains will be introduced that are more suited to the demands of intercity travel, journey times will be shorter, facilities will be improved and there will be galley catering and more comfort for passengers.

We will deliver value for money by offering passengers a £5 advance fare between any two cities together with other proposals such as the club 50 and reduced travel costs for jobseekers and the newly employed. That is in addition to Scottish ministers’ commitment to restrict fare increases, which will further improve rail travel’s appeal and encourage modal shift.

The Borders will also benefit from being part of the great Scottish scenic railway, which will market Scotland’s scenery, heritage and tourist attractions to a wider audience. There will be special steam services to promote local attractions and grow tourism. I hope that community rail groups, local businesses and the wider rail industry engage with Abellio Scotrail to maximise the opportunities arising from those initiatives.

Mr Brown, my predecessor, was delighted to have secured services in the new Scotrail franchise that will accommodate stops at Reston and East Linton. The service is scheduled to be a two-hourly service between Edinburgh and Berwick and I am sure that we can all agree that it is a major step forward in bringing those stations back to life.

We have been open and responsive to the representations of East Lothian Council, Scottish Borders Council, SEStran and RAGES and we appreciate the work that they have done to date. East Lothian has a growing population and a new service will help to deliver sustainable economic growth and reduce the impact on the road network. In Berwickshire, the key issues are accessibility and social exclusion. Crucially, the proposed new services and station will provide improved access to work and educational opportunities and they will be a driver for economic regeneration. The benefits that the services will bring are evident to all.

The final element that is still to be put in place is the capital funding for the stations. We recognise the importance of infrastructure to sustaining our economy, providing access to opportunities and bringing our communities closer together. The investments that we have delivered or are in the midst of constructing and those for which we have detailed plans confirm our commitment to improving Scotland’s infrastructure. That commitment is backed by our £30 million Scottish stations fund, which was announced in June 2012 as part of Scottish ministers’ high-level output specification. The fund is designed to lever in third-party funding to provide new and improved stations, and it gives East Lothian Council and Scottish Borders Council the opportunity to achieve additional funding for the stations just as it was designed to do.

The bid is current under consideration and a decision will be made once Network Rail has completed the scope and design work for each of those stations. I look forward to seeing that progressed as soon as possible.



Meeting of the Parliament 26 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Derek Mackay

I am more than happy to offer a meeting with Jenny Marra to explore the matter. The key issue is private sector investment, and developers will have a keen interest. It is a complex issue, and we have to look at actual demand for the railhead. If the member wants to look at the issue constructively, I am more than happy to offer a meeting.



Meeting of the Parliament 26 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 26, 2014
The Minister for Transport and Islands (Derek Mackay)

Discussions on the feasibility of the Dundee port railhead are on-going between tactran, the freight industry and relevant stakeholders. We understand that, at this stage, a suitable business case has still to be developed. We are committed to encouraging growth in rail freight, as is evidenced by our £30 million strategic rail freight investment fund, which will be available over the next five years, and the separate freight facilities grant scheme, which supports the transfer of freight from road to more sustainable modes. We will keep the issue under review.



Meeting of the Parliament 26 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Derek Mackay

I am happy to look into that in further detail. Some services are provided by local authorities, and some by transport partnerships and dedicated schemes, including partnership schemes, which I am very aware of. I am happy to consider the issue further to ensure that the transport solutions are fit for those who rely on them, including the most vulnerable in our communities.



Meeting of the Parliament 26 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 26, 2014
Derek Mackay

A number of people with long-term conditions already qualify for the national concessionary bus travel scheme. Those who are awarded the middle or higher rate of the care component or the higher rate of the mobility component of disability living allowance, those who receive attendance allowance and those who have a progressive degenerative condition in so far as the illness or condition severely impedes their mobility and ability to carry out day-to-day activities may also receive support.

In addition, we amended regulations last year to allow those who will receive personal independence payments at both the standard rate and the enhanced rate to be eligible for the scheme. We take care to keep options for eligibility for the scheme under review. We have no immediate plans for further changes, but I am happy to consider the detail further.



Meeting of the Parliament 26 November 2014 : Wednesday, November 26, 2014
The Minister for Transport and Islands (Derek Mackay)

Traveline Scotland provides support for disabled people who are planning public transport journeys; more than 1.25 million people have older and disabled persons passes, which provide free bus travel; and the new ScotRail franchisee will provide a wide range of rail fare promotions, including those for jobseekers.

Vote DetailMSP VoteResult

S4M-11901.3 Neil Findlay: Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce—As an amendment to motion S4M-11901
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S4M-11901.1 Mary Scanlon: Developing Scotland’s Young Workforce—As an amendment to motion S4M-11901
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NoDefeated

S4M-11830.2 John Swinney: The Smith Commission—As an amendment to motion S4M-11830 in the name of Ru
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YesCarried

S4M-11830 Ruth Davidson: The Smith Commission—That the Parliament welcomes the publication of the Sm
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YesCarried

Amendment 6 moved by Dr Richard Simpson on motion S4M-11826 Maureen Watt: Food (Scotland) Bill—That
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S4M-11825.3 Claire Baker: End of Year Fish Negotiations—As an amendment to motion S4M-11825 in the n
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S4M-11825.2 Jamie McGrigor: End of Year Fish Negotiations—As an amendment to motion S4M-11825 in the
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S4M-11825.1 Tavish Scott: End of Year Fish Negotiations—As an amendment to motion S4M-11825 in the n
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S4M-11825 Richard Lochhead: End of Year Fish Negotiations—That the Parliament welcomes the successfu
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S4M-11763.3 Margaret Burgess: Private Sector Rent Reform—As an amendment to motion S4M-11763 in the
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YesCarried

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EventIdTypeSub TypeMSP NameParty NameConstituencyRegionTitleItemTextFormattedAnswer DateAnswerStatusIdExpectedAnswerDateAnsweredByMspApprovedDateSubmissionDateMeetingDateProductionStatusIdRecordStatusIdStatus DateOnBehalfOfConsideredForMembersBusinessCrossPartySupportRegisteredInterestSupportCountSupportDateIsEventLinkCurrentMinister
Motion S4M-11386: Derek Mackay, Renfrewshire North and West, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 03/11/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-10262: Derek Mackay, Renfrewshire North and West, Scottish National Party, On Behalf of Parliamentary Bureau, Date Lodged: 09/06/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-08769: Derek Mackay, Renfrewshire North and West, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 14/01/2014 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-06933: Derek Mackay, Renfrewshire North and West, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 10/06/2013 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-05883: Derek Mackay, Renfrewshire North and West, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 08/03/2013 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-05717: Derek Mackay, Renfrewshire North and West, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 22/02/2013 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-05358: Derek Mackay, Renfrewshire North and West, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 14/01/2013 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-05247: Derek Mackay, Renfrewshire North and West, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 18/12/2012 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-05246: Derek Mackay, Renfrewshire North and West, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 18/12/2012 Show Full Motion >>
Motion S4M-05245: Derek Mackay, Renfrewshire North and West, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 18/12/2012 Show Full Motion >>
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Question S4W-04121: Derek Mackay, Renfrewshire North and West, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 21/11/2011 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-04120: Derek Mackay, Renfrewshire North and West, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 21/11/2011 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-04123: Derek Mackay, Renfrewshire North and West, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 21/11/2011 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-04122: Derek Mackay, Renfrewshire North and West, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 21/11/2011 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-04119: Derek Mackay, Renfrewshire North and West, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 21/11/2011 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-04124: Derek Mackay, Renfrewshire North and West, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 21/11/2011 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-04039: Derek Mackay, Renfrewshire North and West, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 14/11/2011 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-04037: Derek Mackay, Renfrewshire North and West, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 14/11/2011 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-04038: Derek Mackay, Renfrewshire North and West, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 14/11/2011 Show Full Question >>
Question S4W-04036: Derek Mackay, Renfrewshire North and West, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 14/11/2011 Show Full Question >>

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