Swift rollout for wi-fi and smart ticketing

SNP MSP Dennis Robertson has welcomed confirmation that the rollout of wi-fi and smart ticketing technology will begin “as soon as possible”, despite opposition scaremongering. Speaking on Call Kaye this morning, Transport Minister Keith Brown MSP confirmed that the technological improvements would be introduced on as many services as quickly as possible.

Smart ticketing is already in use on the Edinburgh to Glasgow route while wi-fi technology was introduced on the same route.

Commenting Mr Robertson said:

"The determination of the opposition to turn a good news story into a negative clearly knows no bounds with these latest efforts at scaremongering. The fact of the matter is that wi-fi and smart ticketing will be operating in many places across Scotland well before the deadlines that have been set.

"I welcome the confirmation from the Transport Minister that this is the case and indeed both technologies are already in place between Edinburgh and Glasgow.

"The deadlines that have been set are the latest point when the technology must be operating in every corner of the rail network, and any suggestion that most people will have to wait that long simply does not make sense.”

Yesterday's announcement of a £5 billion investment in Scotland's rail network also included a commitment to work with station promoters to look at delivering Kintore and Dalcross railway stations. Mr Robertson has campaigned for Kintore station in his constituency to be reopened and welcoming this development he added:

"Yesterday's positive announcement is great news for people in and around Kintore. The improvements to the Aberdeen to Inverness line will significantly reduce journey times between the cities and enhance commuter services in my constituency.

"I welcome the commitment to work towards delivering Kintore station and look forward to further progress as development work gets underway."