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A new report by rail expert Professor Paul Salveson, commissioned by ASLEF, the Co-operative Party and the Socialist

Environment and esources Association !SE A", is set to i#nite the debate about the future of the railway in Scotland$ %he report calls for a railway in Scotland &People's Scotrail' owned by and for the people of Scotland( a railway which brin#s passen#ers, employees and communities to#ether$ )ic* +helan, spea*in# ahead of the launch of A Peoples Railway for Scotland in Edinbur#h on %hursday !, -ecember", said. &ASLEF welcomes the Scottish Labour Party's decision to consult on the future direction of its rail policy$ %he status /uo is not wor*in# for passen#ers, tax payers or communities and we believe the alternative vision we are proposin# warrants #enuine consideration$ 0, not least in the context of the independence debate$ +e can never lose si#ht of the fact that Scotland's railways are part of a national networ* with five cross border franchises operatin# into its ma1or cities and 2'm deli#hted that we have been able to build on the wor* we undertoo* in the developin# proposals for +ales - Rail Cymru -paper which we published in 3453$ &As the second most heavily subsidised passen#er rail franchise in the 67, Scot ail has demonstrably not delivered the levels of investment, service and value for money Scottish passen#ers and taxpayers deserve$ 6nder the terms of devolution Scotland, and a future Scottish Labour administration, has the opportunity to rethin* this failed model with some bold policy options $ &+e believe the -irectly 8perated ailways model with the East Coast returnin# hundreds of millions of pounds to the taxpayer is worthy of further examination$ %he report calls on a future Scottish #overnment to ta*e control of the Scot ail franchise and put in place a new model which would run the service &for the many, not the few' in the interests of all the people of Scotland$ 2mportantly, t%he report also considers how the one constant in the expensive #ame of musical chairs which

is the franchisin# process 9 the staff 9 can become more en#a#ed with the direction of the rail services they deliver$' %he report calls on a future Scottish #overnment to ta*e control of the Scot ail franchise and put in place a modern model which would run the service &for the many, not the few' in the interests of all the people of Scotland$ &%his %he proposals would see the profits #enerated, li*e those on the East Coast main line, invested either bac* into the service itself in the case of a not for profit mutual model, to help *eep fares down and investment up, or to the taxpayer to help fund other vital public services, rather than bein# sent in dividends to shareholders which are often then moved offshore$'

7eith ichmond )edia : Communications ASLEF ;; St <ohn Street London EC5) =00 %el. 434 ;>3= 3=4; )ob. 4;?;; =?@;?= Email. richmond*Aaslef$or#$u*)ic* +helan is the Beneral Secretary of ASLEF