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 21 January 2015 : Wednesday, January 21, 2015
The Minister for Transport and Islands (Derek Mackay)

Network Rail and ScotRail are working together to deliver the redevelopment of Queen Street station. In addition, Transport Scotland and its industry partners are working alongside Glasgow City Council, Buchanan Galleries, Glasgow Chamber of Commerce, Passenger Focus and Strathclyde partnership for transport to develop a robust management plan that will ensure the absolute minimum of disruption to the travelling public.



Meeting of the Parliament 21 January 2015 : Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Derek Mackay

This far out from the start date, it is difficult to say that the project will go more quickly than planned, but I will commit to ensuring that there is consideration and oversight of all the relevant issues, including access, the benefits of the work, connecting with the Edinburgh to Glasgow improvement programme and the partnership with Glasgow City Council and others. We want to ensure that they are all tied in together, and I will work closely with our agencies to make that so.

There are massive benefits in the station redevelopment and they should be realised. I am sensitive to the issues of access and so on and I will make sure that we all have sight of them as we work our way through. To assist members with all the issues around the rail improvement project and the station’s upgrade, I intend to hold a presentation, at which members will be able to hear of all the factors that relate to this multimillion-pound work and how it will bring immense benefits to the country.



Meeting of the Parliament 21 January 2015 : Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Derek Mackay

Like Sandra White, I am excited by the project, as members would expect. The benefits of the £120 million redevelopment will transform Queen Street station into a world-class, 21st-century integrated transport hub. Capacity will be future proofed well into the next decade, and passengers who use the newly redeveloped station will benefit from improved accessibility, enhanced station facilities and direct access to the Buchanan Galleries development.

Given that the work will take place on a live railway and an operational station, it is inevitable that there will be some disruption, but we will try to minimise that and maximise the benefits that emerge from this exciting project.



Meeting of the Parliament 21 January 2015 : Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Derek Mackay

I agree with John Mason on that point. We will use a range of diversions to maintain as much of the network’s connectedness as possible. That is why the line there will be of such benefit, in addition to what was first envisaged. We will use everything that we can to minimise disruption to the travelling public, in order to continue to give the rail network the support that it deserves and to continue to increase passenger numbers.



Meeting of the Parliament 21 January 2015 : Wednesday, January 21, 2015
The Minister for Transport and Islands (Derek Mackay)

The next Clyde and Hebrides ferry services contract will comply with European law and be tendered in the same way as the current contract’s tender process was undertaken between 2005 and 2007. The contract will be awarded to the operator that submits the most economically advantageous tender. Notwithstanding the need to tender the services, the operator will have to comply with a service specification defined by the Scottish ministers and will be subject to stringent contract-management arrangements, as the current operator is. We cannot prejudge who the successful bidder will be, but I confirm to the chamber that the Clyde and Hebrides services will remain under the Scottish ministers’ control throughout the contract.



Meeting of the Parliament 21 January 2015 : Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Derek Mackay

The answer to the direct question that the member asks is yes—the routes will be packaged as one bundle. We will be clear in the specifications that are required to address the needs of the travelling public. I am very sensitive to islanders in my capacity as the Minister for Transport and Islands.

I do not accept in its entirety the characterisation from Ken Macintosh. The process is the same one as the Labour Party deployed when it made such decisions. We will ensure that the islanders get the best possible service and we will keep a close oversight of the tendering process. We cannot and must not prejudge the outcome of that process; indeed, it would be illegal to do so.



Meeting of the Parliament 21 January 2015 : Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Derek Mackay

The RET for passengers, cars, small commercial vehicles and coaches will be rolled out to the remaining Clyde and Hebrides routes in October this year, as we committed to do in the ferries plan. The Scottish Government is committed to supporting our island and remote communities, and the RET underpins the Scottish Government’s commitment to providing a single overarching fares policy across Scotland’s entire ferry network. I know that delivery of the RET to the remaining Clyde and Hebrides routes will be warmly welcomed by those communities.



Meeting of the Parliament 21 January 2015 : Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Derek Mackay

I am happy to write to the member with the exact details of timescales, if that is of assistance.

There has been engagement with the island authorities and I give a guarantee that it will be on-going. I have been clear with island authorities that, as we conduct our business in the way that we propose in the prospectus for Scotland’s islands, there will be even deeper and wider engagement on such matters.

There will be more consultation. I will give David Stewart and any other member who is interested the exact specifics on the timetable for announcing the successful bidder.



Meeting of the Parliament 21 January 2015 : Wednesday, January 21, 2015
The Minister for Transport and Islands (Derek Mackay)

The Scottish Government welcomes the report and agrees with the need to rebalance the United Kingdom economy away from overreliance on London.

We also recognise the critical role that the rail industry plays in supporting our businesses and communities by connecting towns, cities and rural areas and by improving access to employment and education.

We have embarked on a five-year, £5 billion programme of railway investment across the network, including key projects such as the Edinburgh to Glasgow improvement programme, the Borders railway, Aberdeen to Inverness line improvements and the Highland main line rail improvements.



Meeting of the Parliament 21 January 2015 : Wednesday, January 21, 2015
Derek Mackay

When rolling stock is available, from December 2017 an enhanced timetable on the Glasgow-Dumfries-Carlisle route can be operated. There will be more frequent services, better connections, on-board catering and refreshed rolling stock, plus dedicated great Scottish scenic train journeys. That demonstrates Scottish ministers’ commitment to improving rail services and connectivity across the Scottish network.

The Scottish Government has no current plans to open a railway station at Mauchline. Funding for new railway stations can be considered under the £30 million Scottish stations fund, which aims to lever in third-party funding to promote and improve the new stations. However, the responsibility to demonstrate the need for station improvements lies with the relevant promoter—for example, local authorities, regional transport partnerships or developers. I would be more than happy to work with Adam Ingram on such an application.

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S4M-12120.1 Jenny Marra: 2020 Vision, the Strategic Forward Direction of the NHS—As an amendment to
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S4M-12101 John Swinney: Budget (Scotland) (No.4) Bill—That the Parliament agrees to the general prin
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YesCarried

S4M-12095.4 Ken Macintosh: Tackling Inequalities—As an amendment to motion S4M-12095 in the name of
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NoDefeated

S4M-12095.2 Alex Johnstone: Tackling Inequalities—As an amendment to motion S4M-12095 in the name of
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NoDefeated

S4M-12095.1 Willie Rennie: Tackling Inequalities—As an amendment to motion S4M-12095 in the name of
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NoDefeated

S4M-12095 Alex Neil: Tackling Inequalities—That the Parliament agrees that a strong, sustainable eco
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YesCarried

Selection of John Pentland MSP for appointment to the Scottish Parliamentary Corporate Body.
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S4M-12060.2 Hugh Henry: Commending the People who Keep Scotland Safe in Emergencies—As an amendment
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S4M-12045.3 Shona Robison: Scotland’s Future—As an amendment to motion S4M-12045 in the name of Rich
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YesCarried

S4M-12045.2 Jackson Carlaw: Scotland’s Future—As an amendment to motion S4M-12045 in the name of Ric
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NoDefeated

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EventIdTypeSub TypeMSP NameParty NameConstituencyRegionTitleItemTextFormattedAnswer DateAnswerStatusIdExpectedAnswerDateAnsweredByMspApprovedDateSubmissionDateMeetingDateProductionStatusIdRecordStatusIdStatus DateOnBehalfOfConsideredForMembersBusinessCrossPartySupportRegisteredInterestSupportCountSupportDateIsEventLinkCurrentMinister
Motion S4M-11980: Derek Mackay, Renfrewshire North and West, Scottish National Party, Date Lodged: 05/01/2015 Show Full Motion >>
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 >>
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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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